Parents withdraw children after schoolboy posted photo of himself holding an AK-47 rifle on Facebook

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that police were called into a local school after an image of a pupil holding an AK-47 rifle was circulated on Facebook.

The picture of the student – who is a pupil at Royton and Crompton School in Oldham – was flagged up on the social media site by scores of concerned parents, just days after the massacre in Paris.

It shows the boy – understood to be between 13 and 14-years-old – smiling and posing for the camera with his finger on the trigger of the powerful semi-automatic rifle .

The school’s headteacher quickly wrote to parents telling them the picture, which was first posted online in August, was taken in Pakistan earlier this year – where gun laws allow people to own firearms with a licence.

But the picture reappeared on people’s Facebook timelines this weekend after the student overlaid the French flag on his profile image as a sign of respect to those who died in the atrocities in Paris on Friday.

In his letter to parents, headteacher Dr Kevin O’Hagan said he immediately contacted the boy’s parents when the school was made aware of the image on Monday. The council and police were also called and it was decided no criminal matter has taken place.

The image has since been removed from the social media site…

Concerned parents, some of whom posted on Facebook that they had kept their children off school on Monday, criticised the boy’s family for allowing him to post the image on the social media site.

More (including a copy of the letter to parents) at: Police called after schoolboy posted photo of himself holding an AK-47 rifle on Facebook



Not the kind of image you might want children to put on their Facebook page, but it seems a bit harsh that the boy is being called out over this when it was from some time ago, was apparently completely unconnected to terrorism, and he added the French flag to his profile picture in respect of those who died in Paris.


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  1. yaznkaz_yaz

    SchoolsImprove really don’t see the problem boys love guns no different than posing with his fav fishing rod media seems to be the problem

  2. Nairb1

    ‘ … media seems to be the problem’
    As is so often the case. And as for the parents who kept their kids off school … no comment? OK so it wasn’t the smartest thing to do but he’s 13. I wonder if those who criticised his parents for allowing him to post the image monitor their children’s use of social media? I think I can answer my own question with confidence.

  3. BigFatAl

    SchoolsImprove so overlaying a French flag on a picture of a child holding an AK47 is a sign of respect and solidarity…

  4. ajjolley

    SchoolsImprove my sons friend came downstairs shouting “it’s ok Mr J, it’s deactivated” whilst carrying a Bren gun.

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