LAPD Officer Tony Kuey told KTLA 5 that the decision to close the school was made by school officials, not the police department, although extra patrols will be in place around the campus.
Instagram story by Jonathan Martin, who spent three seasons in the National Football League, prompts his alma mater to shut down Friday. The photo also included the hashtag #HarvardWestlake, a Los Angeles high school and Martin's alma mater. Daily News the post that prompted the school closure said something like, "When you're a victim of bullying, an option is revenge".
ABC News has reported that Martin has been taken into custody over the threat, although it's unknown what specific charges he might be facing. Police suspect Martin is behind the supposed threats and are now investigating.
Martin has largely been out of the public spotlight since retiring in 2015 after a brief stint with the Panthers.
Former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was reportedly detained after attempting to check himself into a hospital for treatment. Police later determined there was "no credible threat" against the school. Martin never played a down with the Panthers.
He ultimately quit the team and debated giving up on his career, feeling such psychological duress that he said he twice considered committing suicide.