When a mass shooting happens there are often copycats who try to reenact the horrible situation. But for some when a tragic thing happens it can be a trigger to a much deeper issue and that seems to be the case with this situation.
Former Miami Dolphin Jonathan Martin caused an entire school, Harvard-Westlake in Studio City, CA, to be put on lockdown to keep their students safe from him. The school includes middle and upper grades with students ranging from grades 7-12 and approximately 1,600 students attend there.
The threat came in the form of a social media post where Martin posted an unsettling photo on in which he hashtagged his former school as well as a few names. Unlike the Florida school shooters many deranged online photo posts, Martin’s post was not taken lightly and now he’s getting exactly what he deserves.
According to Sporting News, With the nation still reeling from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that left 17 people dead, former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin posted an unsettling photo on Instagram that led to Friday’s temporary closing of Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City, Calif., where Martin attended.
Martin has been taken into custody, ABC News reported.
The Instagram post, which came from a private but verified account, included a photo of a gun and bullets and was hashtagged #HarvardWestlake and #MiamiDolphins. Former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, as well as two other people, were tagged in the post.
The post was captioned, ‘When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.”
Former Dolphins OL Jonathan Martin with some seriously disturbing stuff on his IG story… pic.twitter.com/NaJ8a0BXze
— Nick Brown (@NickyBeaster) February 23, 2018
Martin was the target of bullying in the Dolphins locker room from 2012-13, largely perpetuated by Incognito and Pouncey. He was also apparently the victim of bullying at Harvard-Westlake.
“You can see where somebody that’s a bully will take advantage of him, and rather than him say anything would just hold it inside,” Martin’s high school coach Vic Eumont said back in 2013, per the Palm Beach Post.
On Friday, per the Los Angeles Times, Harvard-Westlake was closed due to a “security risk.” Students received an alert just after 7 a.m. that said while there was no direct threat, a former student made a social media post about being bullied at the school.
This is the latest in a string of events that raise serious concerns about Martin. In a Facebook post in August 2015, Martin wrote of multiple suicide attempts, sleep problems and substance abuse.
Amid the bullying incident in Miami, Martin was traded to the 49ers in March 2014 and was released by the team a year later. He has not played in NFL since.
It looks like authorities have learned their lesson the hard after the High School attack in Parkland, Texas, and are starting to do things a whole lot different with this actionable threat, regardless of his fame and notoriety – which really just makes the scenario worse. Players within the NFL always prove the league’s name really should be the National Felon’s League.
Martin may have been harassed and bullied by these people but he should never threaten to take deadly action especially when it comes to innocent children being involved. Bullying and harassing people is a serious thing and should not be taken lightly but it does not justify one’s actions to take the lives of innocent victims. If you are being bullied or harassed please seek help for it and don’t try to take matters into your own hands.