NFL player Edelman thwarts school shooting threat

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2016 file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman waits for the start of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass. A social media message to Edelman led police to apprehend a teenager in Michigan, in late March 2018, who posted a threat about shooting up his school. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A social media message to New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has led police to a teenager who posted a threat about shooting up his school.

The New York Times reports Edelman received a message from a concerned Instagram follower late last month who told him about the threat to “shoot up” a school in the comments section of his account.

Edelman notified his assistant, Shannen Moen, who called police and they tracked down a 14-year-old boy in Michigan who admitted to posting the threat about his middle school.

Police officials say the boy was charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism.

Edelman called the man who tipped him off “the real hero” and says he plans to send him a gift.

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