Wide receiver Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots and his personal assistant might have helped prevent a school shooting in MI, the New York Times reported. Per the report, the authorities managed to gain special access to determine the sender's IP address, which they traced to Port Huron, Michigan. Officers in MI contacted the boy, who then admitted posting the threat.
WDIV reported that the threat was directed at Central Middle School in Port Huron.
Police also said they found two rifles in the teen's home that belonged to his mother. "With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said, holy Toledo, what is going on?" he told The New York Times in an interview.More news: Trump said to tell embattled EPA chief `we've got your back'
Edelman's assistant, Shannen Moen, then called 911.
While there is no way to know whether the boy who posted on Edelman's Instagram would have followed through with the threat, it's encouraging to know that people like Edelman, the Instagram follower who saw the threat, his assistant and the police were all united in their mission to prevent another tragedy. "I think you should alert the authorities", the direct message to Edelman said. The cop looked at the screenshot and then called her chief, who sent two detectives to Moen's house in Boston. "We're very lucky the Boston cops were all over it, very lucky the MI cops were all over it".
Edelman was notified via direct message on Instagram that a disturbing comment was left on his page.More news: Fortnite Battle Royale's mobile port has launched for all iOS users
"Thankfully, this kid said something", ...
The Times reports a 14-year-old boy was taken to a juvenile-detention center, where he remains.More news: Masters: Jack Nicklaus' grandson makes ace, Tom Watson wins Par 3 Contest