- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Dallas teacher was placed on administrative leave Thursday afternoon after a video showing her firing a water gun at an image of President Trump and yelling “die” was widely shared on social media and conservative news sites.

“Today, we were made aware of a social media posting being circulated involving a teacher at W. H. Adamson High School,” the Dallas Independent School District said in a statement, The Dallas Morning News reported. “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 teacher, identified as Payal Modi, reportedly posted the video on her personal Instagram account.

“Watching the #inauguration in my classroom like…. #no #stop #denial #squirtgun #hypocrisy #powerless,” she reportedly wrote before deleting her account entirely.

The eight-second video showed a woman yelling “die” and repeatedly shooting a blue water gun at a video of Mr. Trump, which was being projected onto the white board.

Leslie Jaimes, a junior who said she was in Ms. Modi’s second period class during the stunt, told a CBS News affiliate that it was intended to be a joke.

“Trump came out and she shot at him, but like, it was just a water gun,” Leslie said. “It’s no big deal.”

Senior Briana Castillo said it was a lack of judgment on Ms. Modi’s part.

“Although her actions didn’t display that she was a good role model, she’s always there and supports my classmates, my peers,” she said.

None of the students CBS spoke to on Thursday said they wanted Ms. Modi to be fired.

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