Instagram photos show teen with gun at school playground
Posted September 4, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Photos posted to a Raleigh teen's Instagram account show him pointing an airsoft gun at Leesville Road Elementary School's playground, police said Wednesday.
Christopher Scott Rossetti, 42, of 8716 Springhouse Lane – the father of the 14-year-old in the photos – was cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police said Rossetti took the photos of his son, who is not facing any charges.
The photos show the teen wearing a black mask and camouflage clothes posing with a gun on playground equipment. A caption on one of the photos reads, "When I wake up, the real nightmare begins."
Police say the photos were brought to their attention in mid-July. Since then, they've been making their rounds on social media.
Wake County schools spokeswoman Renee McCoy said the photos were taken while students were off for the summer. No weapons are permitted on school grounds, she said, and the incident is being treated as a "law enforcement matter."
Rossetti's family declined to comment Wednesday.
An airsoft gun is a replica firearm that shoots plastic pellets.