Teacher Fires Toy Gun At President Trump Image, Yells ‘Die’

UPDATED | January 26, 2017 5:15 PM

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas ISD teacher is being investigated after video surfaced of her shooting a toy gun at an image of the president in front of her class.

A video of W.H. Adamson High School teacher Payal Modi surfaced on social media following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

In the video featured on YouTube, a video image of President Trump is shown on a screen, possibly during the actual inauguration on January 20. The teacher is holding a blue squirt gun and points it at the image of Trump. While repeatedly squeezing the trigger, she is heard yelling, “Die!”

According to DISD, the teacher was placed on administrative leave and the district has opened an investigation. “This is a personnel matter and, as such, we can not comment” a statement from a district representative said.

While the Instagram account is now private, others have posted the video on YouTube.

Many people on social media have expressed outrage at the video.

CBS11 reached out to Payal Modi, but she did not return calls, and no one answered the door at a Collin County address associated with her.

CBS11 has also contacted the Secret Service to find out how they are handling the case.

We’ll publish details here as we receive more information.

Threats of violence towards the current President have been in the news in recent days.

Last week, singer Madonna landed in controversy after her comments made at a demonstration in Washington DC. “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” she said. “But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair.” Instead, she called for a “revolution of love.”

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Madonna “ought to be arrested” for those remarks.

In a statement Sunday on Instagram, Madonna said she was trying to express there are two ways to respond to Donald Trump’s election: with hope or with outrage. She said she hopes to effect change “with love.”

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  1. DISD should soon have an opening for a new teacher.

  2. Bill Haley says:

    It’s truly sad so many public school teachers today are so horribly stupid. It’s bad enough they do not keep their opinions to themselves while working. But, having spoken to several in recent years at my child’s PTA meetings, I realized many are just really not that bright.

    This particular woman has no business teaching anyone’s children. Now, even allowing that the video might be truncated and let’s say she was enacting an assassination scenario for some reason, it was ill conceived and poorly carried out. More likely, she thought she was at home and was acting as if it was a Wii game.Ugh…She needs to be flipping burgers somewhere…she learned nothing in college.

  3. Bob White says:

    If a student pointed their finger in the air and yelled bang, they would be suspended for the rest of the year and have a permanent black mark on their on their record. Does she deserve any less?

  4. Carll Gerzen says:

    Dallas has had their association with presidential assassination. Students have been expelled for anything that represents a weapon.

  5. Liberals have no tolerance, even though they claim how important it is.

  6. I hope the parents of the children who were forced to watch this criminal indoctrination by this teacher sue the The Dallas Independent School District. I see at least $100,000.00 per child. This will help them with their college education. Maybe some of them want to be teachers.

  7. Oh brother…so what! She was OBVIOUSLY joking around. Anyone who sees anything else needs to get a cue…and a life.

    1. I’m hoping your comment is on society as a whole, that we all take things too seriously. Because your comment implies that because it’s Trump, it’s okay, she’s joking. I’m sure if you saw a video of someone doing this during Obama’s inauguration, you would have also thought the same thing, right? Or if a kid in the school decided to jokingly point a gun at a video of someone and yell “DIE!” that it would be okay too. Message received. I hope no one shows a video of you and does the same thing to your image. ALL of these things to me are not something to scoff at and I hope you actually think it through next time before you respond with such a lackadaisical response.

    2. You are SOOOO right , Had it been Ex President Obama you would have also stated that it was a joke . and get a life

    3. You have got to be JOKING! What this teacher did is outlandish, unacceptable, dangerous, and illegal. All of these malcontents should be and will probably be sought out by the secret service. It she wanted to do this alone that is another story. That she did this during school and in front of her students is in itself unlawful and disturbing. You think it is a joke then the joke is on you because it is obvious by her furor that she is not kidding or has done this for laughs. As a public educator myself for over 40 years, I recognize the responsibilities and commitments of and to the profession. This woman is a unstable and needs to be removed and not permitted to continue. Time to look for another job. About you; if you continue to brush these actions off as joking then speak to someone who has been bullied or maligned due to race if in fact they took it as a simple joke.

    4. An your I.Q is that of. ?

    5. If you find it funny that a public school teacher points a gun, even a fake gun, at our President and yells “DIE!” in front of a class full of students you are the one that needs to get a life, and a brain. What a pathetic post!

  8. This person has issues and should not be teaching. A teacher should stand as an example not a source of sick “joking”..? She OBVIOUSLY has sick humor..

  9. David Mills says:

    Remember the elementary student that was suspended for eating a poptart into the shape of a pistol?

  10. It is a pretty safe bet that this nitwit Payal Modi is also anti-gun.

  11. Here is the schools contact information. I don’t know about other schools across the nation but if any child has any kind of “weapon” they are suspended or expelled. Here is a teacher threatening with words “DIE”? In front of these children? It’s got to stop!

    School Contact Information
    W.H. Adamson High School
    201 E. Ninth Street
    Dallas, TX 75203

    Phone: (972) 749-1400
    Fax: (972) 749-1401

    Principal: Janie Ortega

  12. She will tell them anything she fantasizes. She needs to be fired. Quickly.

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