Calif. teacher charged af­ter cut­ting hair of male stu­dent

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

VISALIA, Calif. — A Cal­i­for­nia prose­cu­tor has charged a high school teacher with sev­eral child cru­elty and bat­tery counts af­ter she forcibly cut the hair of one of her stu­dents.

Tu­lare County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Tim Ward said in a news re­lease Fri­day that 52-year-old Margaret Gieszinger faces up to 3 years and 6 months in jail if con­victed of all six counts.

Gieszinger was ar­rested Wed­nes­day af­ter video posted to so­cial me­dia showed a stu­dent at Univer­sity Prepara­tory High School in Visalia sit­ting in a chair as she cuts his hair.

In a video ob­tained by KFSN-TV, the sci­ence and chem­istry teacher is heard belt­ing the “Star Span­gled Ban­ner” while cut­ting the boy’s hair and toss­ing chunks be­hind her.

The dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice did not know if Gieszinger had re­tained an at­tor­ney.

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