ABC News reported that authorities have taken Martin into custody. It is unknown at this point if he has been charged with any crime.
In response to the Instagram story, Harvard-Westlake closed both of its campuses in Studio City and Beverly Crest, Calif. on Friday, though the LAPD had said there was "no credible threat" against the school. The Instagram is private but is verified, confirming its authenticity. Expect to hear more on this fairly soon. Martin's high school, Harvard Westlake in California, was shut down and the school released the following message.
Martin included the following text with the disturbing photo, "When you're a bully victim and a coward, your options are suicide or revenge".
In 2013, Martin left the Dolphins mid-season after claiming he was bullied by other players.
Westlake High School learned about the post Thursday night, according to a spokesperson, who said "the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our top priority, so we made the decision to close both campuses of our school today". "We are working closely with law enforcement, and all further inquiries about this matter should be directed to the Los Angeles Police Department".
After playing in the National Football League for three seasons and then retiring in the summer of 2015, it appears Jonathan Martin's story might be forgotten.After Friday's events, that is not going to be the case.
Martin's post tagged Mike Pouncey and Richie Incognito, two Dolphins teammates that Martin accused of bullying him. An NFL investigation found that Incognito, Pouncey and teammate John Jerry engaged in persistent harassment directed at Martin.
In 2016, he revealed he tried committing suicide multiple times over feelings he didn't belong in the privileged Los Angeles neighborhood where his family lived.
Harvard-Westlake issued a statement on Friday announcing the closure of classes on two campuses due to the post. The bullying-related post was published by a person who attended the school more than 10 years ago, police said. "It takes away your self-confidence, your self-worth, your sanity".