New England Patriots player helps stop potential school shooter
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman recently may have helped thwart a potential school shooting after he was alerted to a threatening comment on one of his Instagram posts.

The New York Times reported Wednesday Edelman received a direct message on his Instagram account from a follower who noticed someone had posted a threat under the comments section of the NFL player’s most recent photo.

“I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news,” the comment read.

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Edelman notified his assistant, who reported the comment to police. Authorities were able to gather information that led them to the individual who posted the comment, The New York Times reported.

They discovered it was a 14-year-old boy in Port Huron, Mich., who admitted to making the threat when police arrived at his home, The New York Times reported. Authorities also found two rifles that belonged to his mother. 

The boy was charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism, which is a felony.

The threat came roughly a month after a gunman opened fire at a Parkland, Fla., high school, killing 17 people and injuring several others. In the aftermath of that shooting, multiple copycat threats were reported across the country.

Law enforcement officials warn of the potential for copycat incidents following mass shootings.