Patriots WR Julian Edelman might have helped prevent a school shooting

Edelman was alerted that someone posted in the comments of his Instagram post that he was going to shoot up his school.

Did Julian Edelman help stop a school shooting?

The Patriots receiver got a direct message on his Instagram account last month that said someone in the comment section of Edelman's account was threatening to shoot up a school, The New York Times reported.

Edelman said he immediately thought of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people died.

"With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said, 'Holy Toledo, what is going on?'” Edelman told the Times.

He called his assistant in Boston, Shannen Moen, and told her to go through the comments of his most recent Instagram post to find the one in question.

Moen found the comment, which read, "I'm going to shoot my school up watch the news." She called Boston police, who did a background check of the profile that posted the threat.

The email and IP addresses linked to the account was traced to Port Huron, Mich., and police there went to the address linked to the account for further investigation.

A 14-year-old boy living at that address admitted he posted the comment and was taken to a juvenile detention center. When police searched the house, they discovered two rifles belonging to the boy's mother. The boy has been charged with a felony count of making a false threat of terrorism.

Moen told the Times she updated Edelman on the police's findings and both realized they might have helped avert a deadly situation.

“When I told Julian, he was in shock,” Moen said. “We’re very lucky the Boston cops were all over it, very lucky the Michigan cops were all over it.”