By: Andrew Romanella
While scrolling through his Instagram account and interacting with his fans, Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman learned of a follower commenting on his account that he was going to “shoot up a school.”
As reported by The New York Times, Edelman was visiting fellow Patriots teammate Danny Amendola in Texas when we received a direct message on Instagram reading, “Dude, there is a kid in your comment section says hes going to shoot up a school, I think you should alert the authority. ”
Because of the recent shooting in Parkland, Fla and numerous others in our countries past,” With the emotions of what happend, and I have a kid now, I said, Holy Toledo, what is going on?” Edelman immediately contacted his assistant who found the alarming comment and contacted the police.
Once the police chief arrived he took a screen shot of the comment on Edelman’s phone, It read, ” I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news.” The person was identified and found in Michigan where authorities arrived at the address to find a 14-year-old boy. According to the police the boy admitted to posting the threat immediately upon being questioned. The authorities also found 2 rifles that are alleged to belong to his mother.
Not all athletes enjoy diving into the doldrums that is the comments and messages section of their social media, however, in Julian Edeleman’s case, taking a look may have saved a lot of lives. Bravo Mr. Edelman, and the young man who decided to direct message and alarm him of the situation.