Ex-NFL Player Johnathan Martin's Disturbing Photo Causes High School Closure

Ex-NFL Player Johnathan Martin's Disturbing Photo Causes High School Closure

Former NFL offensive tackle Jonathan Martin - harassed by multiple Dolphin teammates during the infamous BullyGate scandal in 2013 - was detained by police after sharing a threatening Instagram story that pictured a shotgun with shells and named former teammates, the team and his high school, prompting his alma mater to shut down Friday.

Jonathan Martin, a former Stanford Cardinal and National Football League offensive lineman, was detained by police on Friday after a threatening Instagram post forced his former high school, Harvard-Westlake, to close down.

Police suspect Martin is behind the supposed threats and are now investigating.

LAPD Officer Tony Kuey told KTLA the school's Studio City and Beverly Crest campuses were closed after a former student of the preparatory school apparently used Instagram to say he wanted to seek revenge for alleged bullying he underwent while he attended.

The former student, who is now an adult, made no direct threat against one of the schools, Kuey said.

The victim in the NFL's most famous case of bullying was detained by police after he posted a freaky, threatening image on Instagram featuring a shotgun, shells, and the handles of some of his bullies. James Dunleavy was Martin's teammate at at Harvard Westlake, and both Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey played on the Miami Dolphins with Martin.

Martin, who is biracial, also spoke out in 2016 about his struggles with suicidal thoughts, admitting that he had struggled with his identity when he and his parents moved to a wealthier area in Los Angeles area.

A picture of the weapon with the words Harvard Westlake written across the barrel triggered the school's closure on Friday, according to three sources. "It takes away your self-confidence, your self-worth, your sanity".

Harvard-Westlake issued a statement on the situation Friday. "So, out of an abundance of caution, we made the decision to close school today", the email read. "We are working closely with law enforcement and will share more information when we are available".



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