Indian-origin teacher suspended for shooting water at Trump’s ImageJanuary 31, 2017 07:36
An Indian-origin, school teacher has been suspended after a controversial classroom stunt video which went viral on social media, that shows her shooting water from a squirt gun at an image of President Donald Trump and yelling "die".
Payal Modi is an art teacher at Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas; she was caught shooting a squirt gun as a video of President Trump at his Inauguration ceremony projected onto a whiteboard.
In an eight second video which was posted on an Instagram account on 20th January, the day of Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration, showed Payal holding a squirt gun. Pointing it at an image of Trump projected onto a whiteboard, and yelling "Die!" as she shoots the gun.
The video has been watched by thousands of people since it was posted online, that prompted an investigation from the officials at the Dallas Independent School District.
The Spokesperson of Dallas Independent School District Robyn Harris was quoted by the Dallas Morning news as saying that Modi was placed on leave.
However, Harris said DISD would not comment as the investigation was still going on.
The statement said “DISD was 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."
However, that has not stopped parents from voicing their concerns.
A Facebook user said “Five of her grandchildren go to Dallas ISD schools, do they have a venue where the concerned voices are heard.”
Few students admitted that the teacher’s actions were inappropriate, but the majority believes that she was just making a joke.
Leslie Jaimes a junior of Adamson High School said she was in Payal’s second period class, when she pulled out a squirt gun.
“When Trump came out she shot at him, but like it was just a water gun,” Jaimes said. “It is not a big deal.”