A Los Angeles prep school has closed after a famous alumnus of the school threatened a shooting.
Harvard-Westlake closed both its campuses this afternoon after former NFL offensive lineman and Harvard-Westlake alum Jonathan Martin tagged the school in a terrifying Instagram post. In the post, he made threats against those he said bullied him.
The photo included a gun and shells on a bed. Martin captioned it: “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.”
According to ABC, Martin was later taken into custody.
The school sent a message to students, explaining the reason for the closure this morning. They wrote, "Students already on campus will be supervised and protected in designated areas until parents can make arrangements to pick them up or for them to return home safely."
Martin was reportedly the target of Buffalo Bill's player Richie Incognito’s bullying and taunts during the Miami Dolphins’ 2013 season. Incognito was one of those tagged in the post, along with Dolphins lineman Mike Pouncey.
In 2015, Martin revealed that he attempted suicide during his NFL career.
An LAPD spokesperson told KTLA that the lockdown was prompted when a “former student of the preparatory school apparently used Instagram to say he wanted to seek revenge for alleged bullying he underwent when he attended one of the school.” They do not identify Martin by name.
Harvard-Westlake released the following statement:
"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."
If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.