Teacher ar­rested for cut­ting stu­dent’s hair

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - WORLD NEWS -

Visalia, calif. — a high-school teacher in cen­tral cal­i­for­nia was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of felony child en­dan­ger­ment af­ter forcibly cut­ting the hair of one of her stu­dents while singing the na­tional an­them, au­thor­i­ties said.

mar­garet Gieszinger was ar­rested Wed­nes­day af­ter videos posted to so­cial me­dia showed a stu­dent at Univer­sity Prepara­tory high school in the city of Visalia sit­ting in a chair at the front of the class­room as Gieszinger cuts his hair.

in a video ob­tained by KFsN-TV, the 52-year-old science and chem­istry teacher is heard belt­ing the star span­gled ban­ner while cut­ting chunks of the boy’s hair and toss­ing them be­hind her. The cir­cum­stances of what led the teacher to cut the stu­dent’s hair were not im­me­di­ately known.

af­ter cut­ting the boy’s hair, Gieszinger grabs at a girl’s long hair be­fore the stu­dents make a run for it out of the class­room, the video shows.

of­fi­cers re­sponded Wed­nes­day to the high school af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports of child en­dan­ger­ment in­volv­ing a teacher and a “pair of scis­sors,” Po­lice chief Kevin mizner told the Vasalia Times delta.

mi zn er did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a mes­sage seek­ing com­ment.

rob her­man, a spokesman for the Tu­lare county of­fice of ed­u­ca­tion, said coun­sel­lors were made avail­able Thurs­day to sup­port stu­dents at the pub­lic high school.

“We take very se­ri­ously the safety of the stu­dents in class­rooms and on the cos cam­pus,” her­man said in an email.

her­man said Gieszinger “will not re­turn to her class­room,” but wouldn’t say whether she was fired.

Gieszinger is be­ing held on $100,000 bail. it was not im­me­di­ately known if she has an at­tor­ney.

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