Julian Edelman probably didn’t expect to be appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” — not for this reason, anyway.
The New York Times published an eye-opening report Wednesday about Edelman’s role in thwarting a potential school shooting. After an Instagram user notified Edelman of a disturbing comment on one of his posts, the New England Patriots receiver acted quickly to help authorities track down the 14-year-old Michigan boy who made the threat.
Edelman recalled the scary incident Friday during an interview with “GMA.”
While he admittedly was skeptical of the threat — “At first, I was like, ‘I don’t know if this is real,’ ” — Edelman still alerted his business manager, Shannon Moen, who immediately called 911 and took screenshots of the boy’s comment threatening to “shoot up” his Port Huron, Mich., middle school.
“It’s scary to think those types of things can happen at a place of learning, and a place where kids are going just to grow up,” Edelman said.
Michigan police were able to bring the boy into custody thanks to the tip. But Edelman was most grateful to the Instagram user who first notified him of the Michigan boy’s comment.
“I just want to say thank you for being the awesome human being that you are,” Edelman said. “Keep on going over all the comments — you’re like the comment police, bro. We appreciate you.”
The Port Huron police also are appreciative: Police captain Joe Platzer said his detectives spoke to Edelman directly about the threat, which likely would have gone unnoticed by authorities had he not come forward.
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