Pats’ WR Julian Edelman May Have Helped Prevent School Shooting in Michigan
We live in scary times where everyday there’s a possibility of a school shooting. Thankfully due to his quick actions, Julian Edelman may have helped prevent one in Michigan from happening after he reached out to authorities when a random teen threatened to shoot up a school in a comment posted on his his Instagram account.
The New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was in Texas visiting his former teammate Danny Amendola late last month when he received a direct message on his Instagram account: “Dude, there is a kid in your comment section says he s going to shoot up a school, i think you should alert the authority.”
Edelman instantly thought of the mass shooting about five weeks earlier in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed. “With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said, holy Toledo, what is going on?” Edelman said in an interview this week.
He quickly notified his assistant in Boston, Shannen Moen, who looked through the hundreds of comments that followed Edelman’s most recent post on Instagram. She found the alarming message: “I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news.”
Moen called 911, and a police officer soon arrived. The officer saw the screen shot, then called her chief, who sent two detectives to Moen’s house. The detectives collected some information about the person who posted the threat.
After Edelman’s assistant alerted the police to the threat, the Port Huron Police Department showed up at the kid’s house and found two rifles in the home. The kid was immediately detained and is currently locked up in a juvenile detention center pending an investigation.