A high school teacher has been placed on administrative leave after a video on social media showed her squirting a water gun at an image of President Donald Trump while yelling ‘Die!’.
Payal Modi, who teaches art at W. H. Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas, is under investigation by the school district after an eight-second video surfaced on Instagram,WFAA reported.
Modi could be seen aiming and shooting a colorful toy gun at an image of Trump, which was projected on a whiteboard, while repeated yells ‘Die!’ could be heard in the background.
The video was reportedly posted on Modi’s personal Instagram account on the day of Trump’s inauguration, the Washington Times reported.
The caption stated: ‘Watching the #inauguration in my classroom like…. #no #stop #denial #squirtgun #hypocrisy #powerless.’
It is unclear whether whether the voices heard in the background were that of her students.
Modi soon drew the attention of critics – and despite changing her Instagram account to private before deleting it entirely, the video continued to circulate on YouTube.
People also rallied against her on social media and circulated the school district’s phone number to encourage people to lodge complaints against her.
The Dallas Independent School District placed Modi on administrative leave and issued a statement that said: ‘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.’
Public records show Modi was hired by the school district in August 2014.
SOURCE: Mail Online