New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman may have nipped a school shooting in the bud with some quick thinking.
After someone recently posted a comment to Edelman’s Instagram account threatening to shoot up a school, Edelman had his personal assistant notify authorities, The New York Times reported. The Pats superstar said the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida was still so fresh in his mind that he felt obligated to do something.
“With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said, ‘Holy Toledo, what is going on?'” Edelman said.
Another Instagram user reportedly notified Edelman about the post and he had his personal assistant, Shannen Moen, comb through hundreds of comments to find it. It read: “I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news.” Moen immediately contacted police, who were able to trace the message to a 14-year-old Michigan teenager. The teen was later questioned by authorities and charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism, a felony, according to The Times.
Edelman praised the person who alerted him, calling him the true hero.
“Thankfully, this kid said something,” Edelman said. “We’re going to send him something, a care package, just for his work. He’s the real hero.”