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Ex-NFLer Jonathan Martin prompts high school closing with disturbing photo

Former NFL player Jonathan Martin posted a disturbing Instagram story this week featuring a shotgun and chilling message that prompted his former high school to close on Friday.

Martin, who retired in 2015, found himself at the center of controversy in 2013 after accusing Miami Dolphins teammates, specifically Richie Incognito, of bullying.

Martin’s Instagram account is private, but verified. On it, he posted a disturbing photo of the shotgun and shells, along with the Twitter handles of Incognito and another former Dolphins teammate, Mike Pouncey. Harvard-Westlake, the Los Angeles-area high school Martin attended, is also mentioned.

“When you’re a bully victim and a coward, your options are suicide or revenge,” Martin posted.

In light of Martin’s post, not to mention it coming amid the backdrop of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School last week in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 students and staff dead, Harvard-Westlake decided to cancel classes on Friday.

“Last evening, we learned of an Internet post that mentions Harvard-Westlake by name,” the school said in a statement, via the New York Post. “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.”