Edelman's assistant then called 911, and the message was ultimately traced by authorities to a 14-year-old boy in Port Huron, Michigan.
The detectives called police in MI, who immediately drove to the house where the threatening message originated.
Boston police added the threat came from Port Huron, Michigan. Authorities also found two rifles that belonged to his mother, a police chief told the Times. Edelman's mind flashed to the mass shooting five weeks prior that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and knew how urgent this situation was.
Instead of just brushing the message off, Edelman took it upon himself to contact his assistant Shannen Moen about the unsafe threat.
Edelman was tipped off to the comment, The New York Times reported, when someone sent him a direct message about the threat: "Dude, there is a kid in your comment section says he's going to shoot up a school".
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There are multiple heroes here including, of course, the user who spoke up, Edelman, Moen, and the entire police department.
Moen has reached out to the sender of the direct message who gave the warning about Edelman; however, she has not received any response back.
"When I told Julian, he was in shock", Moen told The New York Times.
In March, an Instagram user notified the National Football League wide receiver of a comment posted to Edelman's Instagram account, threatening to shoot up a school. "We take these threats very seriously". He's being held in a juvenile detention center and faces a felony charge, according to the newspaper.
"Thankfully, this kid said something", said Edelman, who has played in three Super Bowls with the Patriots in his eight-year N.F.L. career.