Teacher arrested for cutting student’s hair
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.