Post From Instagram Of Ex-NFL Player Spurs LA School Closure

Herbert Rhodes
February 26, 2018

On Friday morning, school administrators told Harvard-Westlake students that they were told of a "disturbing social media post that mentioned Harvard-Westlake by name". "So, out of an abundance of caution, we made the decision to close school today", the email read, reports the Los Angeles Times. Several coaches, students and faculty members relayed their support for Martin during this time, including former Head of Upper School and Head of Athletics Audrius Barzdukas, who addressed the controversy in the same Chronicle article from 2013.

Kway said the department was unable to publicly confirm that Martin's Instagram stories post was what caused the shutdown.

Per the Los Angeles Daily News, the man was located in Southern California and detained pending further investigation by LAPD's Major Crimes Division.

FILE - In this October 27, 2013 file photo, Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin sits on the bench in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass.

Mr Incognito, Mr Pouncey and two former Harvard-Westlake classmates were also tagged in the screen grab of Mr Martin's Instagram story.

The image on the Instagram account said: "When you're a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge".

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Albarran said they were notified of the Instagram post Thursday night, which was made by a student who attended the school about a decade or so ago. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins have not announced any details of Martin's illness.

According to a piece that ran in USA TODAY Sports, Martin was in the process of attempting to check himself into the hospital when he was detained by authorities. An NFL investigation found that Incognito, Pouncey and teammate John Jerry engaged in persistent harassment directed at Martin.

Martin was subject to bullying in the Dolphins locker room during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

"At Harvard-Westlake, we try to teach with everything that we do, including teaching how to do things the right way and teaching what's the right way to be with every single thing we do - arts, academics, athletics, operations, everything", Barzdukas said in the article.

He has not played in the National Football League since 2015.

Jonathan Martin, 28, who spent two years at the Miami Dolphins, was taken into custody in Los Angeles but was not arrested. Martin is black and Incognito is white. "I think that we will continue to try to improve upon that".

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