Julian Edelman helps thwart school shooting threat

BOSTON - 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.

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 the boy who was responsible in Port Huron, Michigan.

"We located a 14-year-old male he was brought down to our department interviewed and he did make admissions to threat,” Port Huron Police Capt. Joseph Platzer said.

Police officials say the boy was charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism. During a search of the boy's house police discovered to long rifles belonging to his mother.

In a statement to Boston 25 News, Edelman thanked law enforcement and the man who brought the threat to his attention.

Speaking with the New York Times he said he instantly thought of the Parkland shooting and his young daughter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.