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Instagram photos show teen with gun at school playground

Posted September 4, 2013

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.

— 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.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 9, 4:28 p.m.

    We all, always, lead by example.

    This "adult" father is clearly a very bad role model and his choices should be questioned by the authorities.

  • saturn5 Sep 6, 5:30 p.m.

    What a crock. He's posing with a toy.
    People have lost their minds if this.

  • archmaker Sep 6, 3:37 p.m.

    Wilson County had to deal with a bomb threat at one of their schools and the kid from Wayne County that threatened to shoot the kids on his bus. I am more concerned about that than some kid playing with a toy gun during summer break. nanab

    and how do you think that starts? they just don't wake up one morning and say i think i'll shoot up the bus.

  • nanab Sep 6, 2:06 p.m.

    Wilson County had to deal with a bomb threat at one of their schools and the kid from Wayne County that threatened to shoot the kids on his bus. I am more concerned about that than some kid playing with a toy gun during summer break.

  • lazyrebel Sep 6, 1:16 p.m.

    Really? AN air soft gun? Where is the ACLU to defend the father on freedom of speech? Oh yea they are anti gun!

  • junkmail5 Sep 6, 10:36 a.m.

    Regardless of posted signs, you are not allowed to carry in a financial institution or any government building in the state of NC.
    areyououtofyourmind

    False.

    The financial thing went away years ago- it's totally legal to carry in a bank unless they have a sign posted.

    And even more restrictions go away October 1 this year.

    The only places you can't carry at that point are:

    State and Federal government offices

    Prisons.

    Schools (though you CAN carry in your car in school property, and leave the gun locked there).

    Any private business posted no guns.

    That's about it. Virtually everywhere else is legal to carry.

  • jcthai Sep 6, 9:04 a.m.

    Bottom line here is that they could have chosen a much better location to take this photo. It just shows how stupid some people can be.

  • godnessgracious2 Sep 6, 8:47 a.m.

    Looks like mental illness runs in this family. I think it's time take a step back and reevaluate where you are going in your life.

  • Slappy171 Sep 6, 8:16 a.m.

    Way to go dad.....brilliant move!

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 5, 7:39 p.m.

    It is not classified as a firearm. You can buy them at any walmart with no "gun" paperwork of any kind. It is a TOY. If the orange identifier has been removed I believe there is a law covering that point.

    davisgw
    September 5, 2013 6:36 p..... There is no "orange" identifier on these. But, it's funny that the web site shows these are not for legal sale in NC, yet they're in the store. I ask an employee about this, they had no clue what's on their web site.

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