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Ex-Miami Dolphins player caused closure of high school

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  • Ex-Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin was behind an Instagram post threatening a shooting that led to Harvard-Westlake's closure in California
  • The high school and middle school were closed on Friday morning after officials were alerted
  • The 28-year-old former student was taken into custody over the post, although he made no direct threat against the school, officials said
  • Martin posted a photo of a shotgun and cartridges on a bed Thursday, writing: 'When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge'
  • Martin left the Dolphins in 2013 amid allegations he was a victim of racist bullying from his teammates
  • His teammate Richie Incognito was investigated by the NFL Players Association over allegations that he was the ringleader of the tormenting
  • Incognito left voicemails on Martin's phone calling him a 'half-n****r piece of s**t', threatening to slap his mother and even making death threats
  • Notable alumni of Harvard-Westlake include Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Kate Beckinsale's children currently attend the school

By Ryan Parry West Coast Correspondent For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:13 GMT, 23 February 2018 | Updated: 22:02 GMT, 23 February 2018

A former Miami Dolphins player was arrested after posting a sinister photo on social media that threatened a shooting and led to his old high school being closed on Friday, sources tell DailyMail.com.

Troubled Jonathan Martin, 28, posted a picture on his private Instagram feed on Thursday of a shotgun and cartridges on a bed, with the caption: 'When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.'

In the chilling post, he hashtagged his former school, Harvard-Westlake in California and the Miami Dolphins, as well as tagging some of his former teammates.

Harvard-Westlake School, an elite private school costing $38,000 a year and popular with celebrities, was forced to close both its campuses after one of its students highlighted the post as a possible 'security threat' on social media, police said.

Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Kuey said the man in custody made no direct threat against the school and the investigation is ongoing.

One source at Harvard-Westlake said Martin was the man detained over the incident, though police said there was 'no credible threat' against students.

A spokesperson for LAPD told DailyMail.com: 'There was a post on social media and for precautionary measures they added extra patrols to the school.'

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Ex-Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin was behind an Instagram post threatening a shooting that led to Harvard-Westlake's closure in California on Friday. He was arrested, although officials note he made no direct threat against the school

Ex-Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin was behind an Instagram post threatening a shooting that led to Harvard-Westlake's closure in California on Friday. He was arrested, although officials note he made no direct threat against the school

Troubled Martin, 28, posted a picture on his private Instagram feed late on Thursday night of a shotgun and cartridges on a bed, with the caption: 'When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge'Troubled Martin, 28, posted a picture on his private Instagram feed late on Thursday night of a shotgun and cartridges on a bed, with the caption: 'When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge'

Troubled Martin, 28, posted a picture on his private Instagram feed late on Thursday night of a shotgun and cartridges on a bed, with the caption: 'When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge'

Martin's chilling Instagram post tags the names of former Dolphins players Richie Incognito (pictured)Martin's chilling Instagram post tags the names of former Dolphins players Richie Incognito (pictured)Current Dolphins player Mike Pouncey (pictured) was named in the postCurrent Dolphins player Mike Pouncey (pictured) was named in the post

Martin's chilling Instagram post tags the names of former Dolphins players Richie Incognito (left) and current Dolphins player Mike Pouncey (right) above the shotgun. Incognito, who now plays for the Buffalo Bills, was investigated by the NFL Players Association over allegations he was the ringleader of the tormenting

The spokesperson was unable to confirm Martin's involvement and said they had no information about there suspect or a possible arrest.

But sources said the social media post came from the private Instagram account of former NFL player Martin, who is known to suffer from a depressive disorder.

A source who had access to the picture said: 'This seems like a joke gone horribly horrible wrong.'

Stanford University graduate Martin was a player for the Miami Dolphins, but left in 2013 amid allegations he was a victim of racist bullying.

Martin's teammate Richie Incognito was investigated by the NFL Players Association over allegations that he was the ringleader of a group of Dolphins players who bullied Martin for months.

Incognito left voicemails on Martin's phone calling him a 'half-n****r piece of s**t', threatening to slap his mother and even making death threats against Martin.

The current Buffalo Bills player also joked about 'running a train' on Martin's sister, and made other crude remarks about her.

Martin, who played offensive tackle for the Dolphins, reportedly checked into a hospital for emotional distress over the incident, and returned to his parents home in California.

He ultimately quit the team and debated giving up on his career, feeling such psychological duress that he said he twice considered committing suicide.

In November that year, Incognito was suspended for 'conduct detrimental to the team.'

Incognito left voicemails on Martin's (pictured center) phone calling him a 'half-n****r piece of s**t', threatening to slap his mother and even making death threats against MartinIncognito left voicemails on Martin's (pictured center) phone calling him a 'half-n****r piece of s**t', threatening to slap his mother and even making death threats against Martin

Incognito left voicemails on Martin's (pictured center) phone calling him a 'half-n****r piece of s**t', threatening to slap his mother and even making death threats against Martin

A spokesperson for LAPD told DailyMail.com: 'There was a post on social media and for precautionary measures they added extra patrols to the school.' Pictured: The scene at the high school on Friday A spokesperson for LAPD told DailyMail.com: 'There was a post on social media and for precautionary measures they added extra patrols to the school.' Pictured: The scene at the high school on Friday 

A spokesperson for LAPD told DailyMail.com: 'There was a post on social media and for precautionary measures they added extra patrols to the school.' Pictured: The scene at the high school on Friday

Martin's chilling Instagram post tags the names of Incognito and another Dolphins player Mike Pouncey above the shotgun.

Also tagged in the Instagram post was sports agent James Dunleavy, VP Basketball at Independent Sports & Entertainment and TJ Taylor, a top executive at an exclusive dating app – both appear to be former students at Harvard-Westlake.

It's not clear whether Martin also suffered from bullying at Harvard-Westlake.

Neighbors of Martin at the upscale, modern apartment building in West Hollywood where he lives, were stunned at the news.

'He seemed very quiet and pleasant when I would run into him in the elevator or the garage,' one woman – who lives on the third floor, the same as Martin's – told DailyMail.com.

'He would say, "hey" and that was it. He wasn't very talkative. He's real big but he didn't strike me as somebody who was aggressive or violent. He was like a gentle giant.'

Another neighbor at the five-story building on the edge of Beverly Hills, said: 'There were lots of police here last night and I was shocked to hear why.'

Of Martin she added: 'He pretty much kept to himself – we hardly ever saw him.'

Both neighbors asked not to be named.

Martin ultimately quit the team and debated giving up on his career, feeling such psychological duress that he said he twice considered committing suicideMartin ultimately quit the team and debated giving up on his career, feeling such psychological duress that he said he twice considered committing suicide

Martin ultimately quit the team and debated giving up on his career, feeling such psychological duress that he said he twice considered committing suicide

Harvard-Westlake School, which is popular with celebrities, was forced to close its Studio City campus after one of its students highlighted the post as a possible 'security threat' on social media, police saidHarvard-Westlake School, which is popular with celebrities, was forced to close its Studio City campus after one of its students highlighted the post as a possible 'security threat' on social media, police said

Harvard-Westlake School, which is popular with celebrities, was forced to close its Studio City campus after one of its students highlighted the post as a possible 'security threat' on social media, police said

Police had stationed extra patrols around the area of the Harvard-Westlake upper campus, and school officials chose to close the campus on Friday.

The school sent out an alert to parents at 7am on Friday saying that the Studio City campus had been closed due to a 'security risk'.

'We apologize for the short notice; the safety of our students is our highest priority,' the alert said.

The school later issued a statement saying: 'Last evening, we learned of an Internet post that mentions Harvard-Westlake by name. 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.

'We are working closely with law enforcement and will share more information when we are able.'

Harvard-Westlake celebrity alumni include Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Shirley Temple. Kate Beckinsale's children currently attend the school.

Matt Yam, 18, an editor at the school's student newspaper, told the LA Times: 'Honestly it's not bad. Everybody is calm, a lot of people are leaving now, everything is under control… People don't seem too worried.'

In recent years troubled Martin received a degree from Stanford and had been working with Beyond Differences, an organization focused on eliminating social isolation, and had given talks to schoolchildren.

In 2016 he gave a talk to 7th graders. at Washington Manor Middle School in which he said: 'I was trapped in my own head often, and I would later learn that I have major depressive disorder, which means you get sad easier than other people, and I get anxiety to go along with that.'

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