A Dallas, Texas, high school teacher is under investigation for allegedly acting out a faux “assassination” of President Donald Trump in her classroom.
In an Instagram video, the woman appears to be “shooting” Trump, whose image from the inauguration ceremony is projected on a white board, with a water gun while shouting “die.”
Emotions apparently are still running high more than two months after Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election, an outcome that most media organizations and political pollsters and pundits insisted never would happen. Some political observers maintain that, in general, the media echo chamber or groupthink that Trump rival Hillary Clinton was a lock for the presidency may be partially responsible for some of the post-election incivility.
The alleged Instagram account of the Dallas teacher is now private, but the eight-second footage has made its way to YouTube and to other social networks and is embedded below.
“It’s unclear from the video whether there were any students during the ‘performance’ or who took the video,” HeatStreet noted.
According to the Dallas Morning News, school officials have launched an investigation into the January 20 classroom incident in the which the teacher allegedly engaged in a mock Trump assassination.
“The Instagram account appears to belong to Payal Modi, an art teacher at Adamson High School…Dallas ISD spokeswoman Robyn Harris confirmed that the person in the video was a district employee and an art teacher at Adamson, but added that DISD would not comment at this time, as it investigates the incident. No one has been placed on administrative leave as of Thursday morning, Harris said.”
The Gateway Pundit website reported last night that the Secret Service is “aware” of the Instagram video in question.
The Instagram video was captioned with the words “Watching the #inauguration in my classroom like….#no #stop #denial #squirtgun #hypocrisy #powerless #saveusall #teachthembetter #atleastitsfriday,” Gateway Pundit added.
— Roberto Pedro (@2kailuakona) January 26, 2017
In an update from the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Independent School District officials confirm that the teacher allegedly depicted in the video is now on administrative leave, which apparently is paid 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. This is a personnel matter and, as such, we cannot comment.”
Teacher who did a mock assassination on President Trump in the classroom now placed on administrative leave.
— Angela.Kay (@DeepSouthProud) January 26, 2017
Commenting on the Dallas high school incident, Town Hall columnist Christine Rousselle offered this analysis.
“It goes without saying that this is entirely inappropriate for a teacher to do in a classroom, especially if students were present. If a person wants to do stuff like this in the privacy of their own home, they’re free to do that. I don’t agree with that and think it’s relatively immature, but they’re still free to do it. A classroom, however, is a whole different scenario. A teacher is supposed to mentor students and provide an example for them to follow. Screaming ‘die’ and shooting a water gun repeatedly at a projection of the president is not a good example, and she really should have known better…”
This is a Dallas high school teacher. Imagine the media outrage if Obama was on that projector ???? pic.twitter.com/nNZqWaFq6J
— The Safest Space (@TheSafestSpace) January 26, 2017
Elsewhere in Texas, two San Antonio high school students and one teacher received reprimands in November for a skit portraying the assassination of then-President-elect Trump, the Dallas Morning News reported at the time.
Separately, pop diva Madonna had to walk back her comment at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday when she referred to thoughts of blowing up the White House now that Donald Trump is the resident.
She later clarified on Instagram that she is non-violent, was speaking metaphorically, and that her words were taken out of context, the Washington Post detailed. Madonna was one of a number of celebrities that spoke at the anti-Trump event.
Parenthetically, according to one CNN analyst, the Women’s March was about liberalism rather than women, The Daily Caller reported.
While Trump — a former Democrat and independent who ran for president as a Republican — regularly mixed with celebrities, and they with him, during his high-visibility career in and out of show business, that was then, and this is now. Many in (and outside) the stage and screen industry apparently are still having trouble coming to grips with the final results of election 2016, perhaps — as alluded to above — because of the mainstream news media’s reliance on polling data that turned out to be off the mark rather than reporting about facts on the ground.
Various threats against President Trump have recently emerged on social media, as the Inquisitr has chronicled. For example, a Kentucky woman received a visit from the Secret Service after wondering on Twitter if someone would be “kind enough” to assassinate Trump.
Watch this space for updates on the Dallas high school teacher and the alleged acted out Trump assassination.
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