A California teacher was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after a video showed her chopping at least one student’s hair while belting out the national anthem.
Bail for science teacher Margaret Gieszinger, 52, was set at $100,000, the Visalia Times Delta reported Wednesday.
Police responded to the incident Wednesday at University Preparatory High School in Visalia, California.
“You’re not done!” the teacher said in a video as she motioned a male student to sit down. “Take a seat.”
She then sang a line from the anthem as she cut the student’s hair and threw a piece behind her, the video obtained by KFSN-TV in Fresno shows.
Students were seen screaming and running away as the teacher had her hand lifted with what appeared to be scissors in her hands.
“All students are safe,” Principal Eric Thiessen said, according to the Times Delta.
Gieszinger was apparently having a breakdown, KFSN reporter Christina Fan posted on Facebook.
“She is usually all smiles and laughs,” student Lilli Gates said, according to the Times Delta. “This is not the Miss G we know and love.”
Problems began Monday, according to parent Sara Rocha. She said Gieszinger blamed students after a test went missing and the teacher allegedly made a student cry. Students told administrators but reportedly were told to go back to class.
“We have to take it seriously when (students) come to us,” Rocha said, the Delta reported. “We absolutely need to listen to kids. This breaks my heart.”
Gieszinger’s credentials were suspended twice, once in 2007 and another time in 2016, the Times Delta reported. The suspensions lasted two weeks each. It is unclear what the suspensions were for, the report said.
Visalia is nearly 190 miles north of Los Angeles and about 50 miles southeast of Fresno.
The Tulare County Office of Education and University Preparatory High School did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.
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