Student jailed over school shooting threat on Julian Edelman’s Instagram

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A 14-year old boy in Port Huron, Michigan, has been jailed for posting a comment on Patriots receiver Julian Edelman‘s Instagram, threatening a school shooting.

Edelman received a direct message from a follower telling him that someone had posted a threatening comment and asked his assistant to check his Instagram to find out what it referred to. When his assistant found a comment saying, “I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news,” Edelman asked her to call 911. Edelman said that after the recent focus on school shootings, he felt that he couldn’t dismiss the message.

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

Police were able to determine the IP address of the boy who posted the threat. They say when police visited his house, he admitted posting it. There were two guns in the home, which belonged to his mother.

The boy is being held in a juvenile-detention center and was charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

49 responses to “Student jailed over school shooting threat on Julian Edelman’s Instagram

  1. And the police actually reacted to a clear advance warning! Hopefully we can still blame inanimate objects though.

  2. Clear thinking and sound judgement by Edelman, follower who noticed post and assistant. Always better to air on side of caution in these circumstances.

  3. Probably just being a dumb kid. But people need to follow up on these things. Both the Florida shooter and the recent YouTube incident both had glaring red flags no one pursued.

  4. Can’t these kids just go to school, be bored, and then flirt with girls to make it more entertaining like the good ol days?

    P.S. Eagles fan here, and it will be nice to see Edelman back on the field this year.

  5. Thanks to the person that alerted Edelman, and thanks to Jullian for making the call.

    We can’t ignore threats like this. I don’t know if the kid meant it or was thinking he was cool/tough by posting that comment, but you have to err on the side of caution.

  6. Good for Edelman and a lesson to any punk kid keyboard warrior that making threats on the internet could ruin your entire life.

  7. Do parents not talk to their kids anymore?
    I realize that many parents expect teachers to raise their kids as they work long hours or a 2incomenfamily etc but jesus

  8. Good for JE and the person who reported it. But really, “holy Toledo”??? I think JE watched to many Batman shows as a kid.

  9. If every kid who did that was jailed there would be 100,000 more 14 year olds in jail.

    Great country, America. Give everybody guns, then put your children in jail when they make some stupid comment about using them. Just brilliant.

  10. Not sure what is wrong with kids today, tide pods, now they are snorting condoms….these are the same idiots that want a voice on gun control? Um, no thanks. Great job by Edelman!!

  11. He took better action than the entire Coward Broward County Sheriffs Department did, Good for JE !!

  12. jeremycrowhurst says:

    April 4, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    If every kid who did that was jailed there would be 100,000 more 14 year olds in jail.

    Great country, America. Give everybody guns, then put your children in jail when they make some stupid comment about using them. Just brilliant.

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    How does anyone know that it was just a “stupid comment” and not an actual threat he planned to carry out? Thanks to Edelman, the kid got bagged before he got a chance to act on it. There were guns in the house, so who knows? Great job, Julian.

  13. Remember, it’s always too early to politicize a gun-related crime unless it’s an illegal immigrant, it suits the NRA to do so, or it fits into one of Sean Hannity’s Looney Tunes conspiracy theories.

    And as voters in Alabama have proven time and time again, there is no IQ requirement in order to be able to vote.

  14. If every kid who did that was jailed there would be 100,000 more 14 year olds in jail.

    Great country, America. Give everybody guns, then put your children in jail when they make some stupid comment about using them. Just brilliant.

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    My question for the drafter of this comment: how do you know the kid was kidding?

  15. jeremycrowhurst says:
    If every kid who did that was jailed there would be 100,000 more 14 year olds in jail.
    Great country, America. Give everybody guns, then put your children in jail when they make some stupid comment about using them. Just brilliant.

    –You really didn’t put much thought into making that statement, did you?

  16. Kudos to JE for making the call, and add kudos to the authorities in Michigan. With the arrest (and eventual conviction) his recoerd will keep him from easily getting any weapon in the future.

    Too bad the local authorities in Florida weren’t more concerned with actual safety, rather than attempting to lower crime stats by ignoring this type of incident.

  17. If only the police and incompetent Sheriff in Broward County Florida did their job after being called to that shooter’s home over 30 times with 2 calls to the FBI.

    The failing was law enforcement there, but not here. Good work JE amd Michigan PD!

  18. They lock a juvenile up but they let a former NFL player walk? JMartin. Doesn’t make sense. Martin had 4 feline threat counts against him and he is on the street. Seems like all they have to do is say they are sorry and plead not guilty

  19. mongo3401 says:
    . Martin had 4 feline threat counts against him and he is on the street.

    — Not much of a crime to threaten a cat.

  20. Well, that kid’s future is shot (not trying to be funny, because it’s not) to h___. As if I care about his future, which I don’t. Wish nothing but the worst for him. Of course, who knows what will happen to him when he turns 18. His files may have already been sealed.

  21. Well, that kid’s future is shot (not trying to be funny, because it’s not) to h___. As if I care about his future, which I don’t. Wish nothing but the worst for him. Of course, who knows what will happen to him when he turns 18. His files may have already been sealed.

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    He didn’t hurt anyone yet…..until the facts come out judgment shouldn’t be so harsh. We want to find out why and what his issue was/is so we can fix them moving forward. For those that think these things are going to stop we’re just at the start. We need to find out why kids want to kill other kids and stop it before it gets to that point.

  22. My hope is that the youngster gets some help before he ruins his–and possibly other’s, lives.

    Stats show that the mere presence of guns dramatically increases the odds of lethal outcomes, especially so during conflicts.

  23. Such a sad thing to read. To think what could have happened….again. All I can say is there are some seriously screwed up people in this world and they hurt the ones that love them most when they do horrible things. They only think about themselves. But the families are also destroyed by their actions not just those they are even intending to hurt. I think it’s a selfish world and filled with nut cases who are vengeful rotten people. Those people raise kids who are then more screwed up. Kids brains don’t fully develop till the 20s. So you have to wonder what’s wrong in their life causing their behavior. They can’t be blamed in a bubble. I know adults who never developed past middle school mentally and emotionally. They infect everyone around them. Once they find a victim who is vulnerable they ruin that person too. Making them do things just like they do. It’s a huge circle in communities and there are so many screwed up people I think sadly it makes for a continuous problem. And not everyone can be “woken up” because they are unable to understand what they’ve done or where they are headed. Wish and pray for this world to have more love and concern for others than we have today.

  24. Unless that part of society is causing some of it? No one deserves to die or be shot when in school. But we all prob can rem how hard and vicious school can be too. Bullying causes humiliation. And sometimes when just two people do what they can to embarrass or humiliate someone for their own sick joy and revenge or just being plain horrible people that can break someone inside. They may walk away laughing but they truly have no idea how hurtful and cruel they are. Sadly those same people will never get it unless they are the ones brought to their knees. And maybe that’s what the broken kids think they are finally doing? Idk. I just know that there are also a lot of people who destroy others for their own enjoyment and it seems to be having real effects on young kids who just might not be strong enough to handle it rationally.

  25. Is there anything the Patriots can’t do (I mean other than baet the Eagles)?
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    Yeah, beat the Giants.

  26. With a limited amount of information, it is doubly sad to see so many filled with blood lust in advocating for brutalizing a child with incarceration. This is a fourteen year old who made a social media post. A proportionality and adult perspective is in order.

  27. collectordude says:
    April 4, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    Is there anything the Patriots can’t do (I mean other than baet the Eagles)?
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    Yeah, beat the Giants.
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    Oh please collect some maturity – and if you can’t do that then just look at the last 2 results Brady had against the Giants (Pats won both). And he has beaten the McNabb-lead Eagles in the SB.

  28. We’re giving 6 yr old CHILDREN phones that are 1000’s times more powerful than your first PC. A million times faster than the Lunar Landing computer. With full access to the web. HOW can this happen?

  29. What is it with these kids nowadays ? Back in my day i wanted to play games on my Sega, now kids phone up saying they’ll shoot up a school. Not good

  30. streetyson says:
    April 4, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    collectordude says:
    April 4, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    Is there anything the Patriots can’t do (I mean other than baet the Eagles)?
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    And he has beaten the McNabb-lead Eagles in the SB.

    ***********************************************************************

    Yeah, 13 years ago. If that’s what you have to fall back on, good luck.

  31. This is the cute thing to do now in Michigan if you’re a teenager. This is about the 5th Twitter high school threat I’ve seen in the past month in the Detroit area. Luckily none of them were real.

  32. “and a lesson to any punk kid keyboard warrior that making threats on the internet could ruin your entire life.”

    You dont really believe that do you? This kid was 14, you think he knows any other 14 yo kids that did the same thing, before he did it?

    I guarantee you this kid still doesn’t even realize he ruined his life. He wont know till hes 18, 30, 40 when he cant get a real job or vote.
    So please, enough with the “lets teach him a lesson for others” Because looking at our prisons, it clearly doesnt work.

    Some idiot kid who had no clue just ruined his life.Look at the internet, you think this arrest will stop anything?

    If anything it spurs copy cats because the news is all over it, turning Eldeman (he did the right thing obviously) into a hero. But who alerted Edelman?

  33. “I guess “You can’t touch me…I’m a minor!” went out the window, huh?”

    To be charged as a minor for an adult crime you almost have to be under 10 years of age now a days. Teenagers are free game now.

    Who was all grown up at 18? Never mind 13 or 14.Heck, most of us arent mature adults till their 30’s

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