Patriots’ Edelman reports school threat from Port Huron teen
New England Patriots Julian Edelman's reporting of a school threat posted on his Instagram account and traced to a Port Huron teen is going viral, according to a published report.
Edelman, a Patriots wide receiver, was in Texas visiting his former teammate Danny Amendola late last month when he received a message on Instagram from @jesseyi3: “Dude, there is a kid in your comment section says hes going to shoot up a school, i think you should alert the authority.”
Thinking of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, weeks earlier, he notified his assistant in Boston, who found the comment, which said: "I'm going to shoot my school up watch the news." He alerted police.
Detectives traced the sender's IP address to a home in Port Huron, where a 14-year-old boy admitted to posting the threat, according to The New York Times.
Port Huron police Capt. Joseph Platzer told the Times they found two rifles that belonged to his mother and the threat was aimed at the middle school he attends in a nearby township.
He is being held in a juvenile detention center and is charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism, a felony punishable by up to four years in jail, the Times reported.
The Detroit News was unable to reach the Port Huron Police Department for comment Wednesday.
Edelman's assistant told the Times that he wanted to thank the person who sent him the direct message for his vigilance. The Detroit News has reached out to @jesseyi3, but has received no response.