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Texas teacher suspended over anti-Trump stunt

A Dallas teacher is in hot water after a controversial stunt she pulled inside a classroom went viral — a week after Donald Trump was officially sworn-in as president.

Payal Modi, an art teacher at Adamson High School, was caught on camera shooting a squirt gun as a video of President Trump at his Inauguration ceremony projected onto a whiteboard. The 8-second video shows the teacher repeatedly pointing the water gun at the president and then yelling, “Die.”

Tens of thousands of people have seen the video since it was posted online Wednesday, prompting an investigation from officials at the Dallas Independent School District. While the school looks into the matter, officials say Modi will be placed on administrative leave.

“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,” the school said in a statement on Thursday. “This is a personnel matter and, as such, we cannot comment.”

But that didn’t stop parents from voicing their concerns.

“Five of my grandchildren go to Dallas ISD you have a venue where concerned voices can be heard?” one Facebook user asked.

“Unbelievable!” another exclaimed.

Some students admit Modi’s actions were inappropriate, but ultimately, the majority believe the teacher was just making a joke.

 “Although her actions didn’t display that she was a good role model, she’s always there and supports my classmates, my peers,”  Briana Castillo, a senior at the school, told CBS Dallas.

Adamson High School junior Leslie Jaimes told CBS Dallas she was in Modi’s second-period class when the teacher pulled out a squirt gun she had taken earlier from a student.

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

But the school may not feel the same way. As of Friday afternoon, the school had no further update on the investigation or the teacher’s employment status.

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