Indian-origin teacher suspended for ‘mock Trump assassination’

An Indian-origin teacher has been suspended after a video of a controversial classroom stunt went viral online where she is firing a water gun at an image of the US President Donald Trump and yelling “die”.

With right hand raised, Donald Trump looks at John Roberts with his back to the camera, as Melania Trump and others watch
With right hand raised, the US President Donald Trump looks at John Roberts with his back to the camera, as Melania Trump and others watch. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

An art teacher at Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas, Payal Modi was caught on camera shooting a squirt gun as a video of President Trump projected onto a whiteboard.

On January 20, the date of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, an eight-second video was posted to a personal Instagram account showing the art teacher holding a water gun, pointing it at an image of Trump projected onto a whiteboard, and yelling “Die!” as she shoots the gun.

Thousands of people have seen the video since it was posted online on Wednesday, prompting an investigation from officials at the Dallas Independent School District.

Dallas Independent School District (DISD) spokeswoman Robyn Harris was quoted by the Dallas Morning News as saying that Modi was placed on leave. However, she said DISD would not comment as it investigates the incident.

“Today, we were made aware of a social media posting being circulated involving a teacher at W H Adamson High School. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave and the district has opened an investigation. This is a personnel matter and, as such, we cannot comment,” the statement said.

However, this has not stopped parents and others from voicing their concerns. Some of the parents have posted sharing their views on Modi’s inappropriate actions. Although majority believe the teacher was just making a joke.

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