New England Patriots Julian Edelman helps stop potential school shooting

Danny Amendola. (Getty Images)

As if Danny Amendola needed any further reminder of how serious to take school security as he moves to South Florida and joins the Dolphins, he received a stark lesson during a visit last month from former New England Patriots teammate Julian Edelman.

The New York Times reported Wednesday afternoon that Edelman was visiting Amendola in Texas when Edelman received a direct message via Instagram.

“Dude, there is a kid in your comment section says he s going to shoot up a school, i think you should alert the authority,” it read.

The threat occurred about five weeks after the tragedy in Parkland, where 17 students and faculty members were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, so Edelman took it seriously, having his assistant in Boston find the threat that read, “I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news.”

His assistant, Shannen Moen, called 911. Officers traced the threat via email and IP addresses to Port Huron, Mich., where police immediately drove to the house and found a 14-year-old boy who admitted posting the threat.

Two rifles belonging to his mother were found, police told The Times.

Police said the threat was directed at the boy’s middle school. He was charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism, a felony, and faces up to four years in jail. He’s currently in a juvenile-detention center.

Amendola spent five seasons with New England before joining Miami via free agency three weeks ago.

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