New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman waits for the start of a game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass., in Dec. 2016. 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)

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.
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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