Barack Obama backed the decision of the Central Falls School District in Rhode Island to fire all teachers at its underperforming high school, much to the anger of teachers’ unions.

Now a teacher at the school has hung Obama in effigy:

Responding to a rumor that one of the terminated teachers at Central Falls High School had hung a doll representing President Obama in effigy in his classroom, school Supt. Frances Gallo went to the school after hours on Monday to investigate.

In a classroom on the second floor, she found the doll hanging upside down.

A spokeswoman for the Central Falls School Department said Gallo immediately removed the doll, reported the incident to “the appropriate authorities and the proper disciplinary actions have been taken,” although no details of these steps were given, citing personnel reasons.

Gallo also declined to identify the teacher.

In a statement, Gallo said she would work to ensure incidents like this will not be repeated.

“This was an ill-conceived, imprudent act that has upset the lives of some of our students,” Gallo said.[*]

Can you imagine the uproar if anyone associated with the Tea Party movement had done this. The screams of “racist” would be flooding the blogosphere, and the columnists at the NY Times would be wondering whether we were on the verge of violence.

*Note: The quote has been changed from the original post to reflect an updated report in the link.

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