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The Patriot receiver, who was out all past year with a busted knee, was alerted to the troubling comment on his Instagram account last month, the New York Times reported.

A college student who tipped off Edelman tells 7News that he noticed the comment, which said: "I'm going to shoot my school up watch the news".

Edelman notified his assistant, and after Shannon Moen scanned the comments and alerted authorities in Boston, the 14-year-old boy was soon arrested at his mother's house in MI, where two of her rifles were discovered. The words stirred the feelings he had after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Photo This screen grab shows a direct message to Julian Edelman on Instagram.

Edelman notified his assistant, Shannen Moen, who called police and they tracked down a 14-year-old boy in MI who admitted to posting the threat about his middle school.

Police in Port Huron, Michigan, say Patriots receiver Julian Edelman may have thwarted a school shooting by reporting a threat posted on his Instagram. They then returned to their office, where they made an emergency records request for account information, which allowed them to determine the sender's email and IP address, which was traced to Port Huron, Mich. Without Edelman's reaction to the alarming social media post, police said, it's likely they would not have known about the threat.

The Times reports a 14-year-old boy was taken to a juvenile-detention center, where he remains. Authorities also found two rifles that belonged to his mother, a police chief told the Times. "We're very lucky the Boston cops were all over it, very lucky the MI cops were all over it".