Harvard-Westlake School closed in LA; authorities investigating possible threats

Lynette Rowe
February 24, 2018

Former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin was taken into Los Angeles police custody after a threatening Instagram post that spoke of revenge for bullying, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City was closed on Friday after an unnerving social media post was discovered by authorities.

The official said it wasn't immediately clear whether Martin posted the photo himself. That same year, he detailed his struggles growing up in Los Angeles and said in a series of Facebook and Twitter posts that he had attempted suicide while playing in the NFL.

Representatives for the Miami Dolphins and the National Football League declined to comment and referred questions to Los Angeles police. Out of an abundance of caution, and because the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority, we made the decision to close school today.

Martin graduated from Harvard-Westlake in 2008 and joined the Dolphins in 2012. "With these precautions in place, we believe there is no imminent threat to our campuses or our school community". Both players' verified Instagram accounts were tagged in the post.

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Martin's perhaps best known for being on the receiving end of bullying from Richie Incognito, then his Dolphins teammate.

Martin has largely been out of the public spotlight since retiring in 2015 after a brief stint with the Panthers.

Albarran also said the picture included a gun and a reference to the school in a hashtag, a description that matches the screenshot tweeted by Brown.

In the wake of the Florida shooting, there have been a flurry of school shooting threats in the Southland area that have led to multiple arrests.

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