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Top LA prep school closes after former Miami Dolphin player posts threat to social media

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Tackle Jonathan Martin, right, in his stance before ball is snapped during Miami Dolphins practice at the Dolphins training facility at NSU in Davie, Florida, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. (Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT)

Former Miami Dolphins lineman forced a prestigious Los Angeles prep school to close after posting an instagram photo of a shotgun bearing the name of the school.

In what appeared to be a poor attempt at an anti-bullying statement, the image of a shotgun -and a reference to revenge and suicide as the only options for a victim of bullying- was posted on Instagram by retired Dolphins’ lineman Jonathan Martin, who quit the league after claims of being bullied in 2013.

Superimposed on the shotgun was “#HarvardWestlake,” a hashtag link referring to the high-end LA school.

The image was reposted by Twitter user Nick Brown.

According to KTLA, Martin has been taken into custody for questioning.

Martin -a former student at Harvard-Westlake, reportedly spoke to reporters in previous years about how he had trouble fitting in at the institution and was bullied as a young man.

Harvard-Westlake released the following statement after the threat surfaced:

“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.”

Police will be conducting extra patrols around the campus.

 

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