Char­ter teacher in Visalia out af­ter wield­ing scis­sors in class­room

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A teacher at a char­ter school in Visalia ar­rested for ap­par­ently bran­dish­ing scis­sors as stu­dents fled won’t be coming back to her class­room, the Tu­lare County Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion said Thurs­day.

Mar­garet Gieszinger, 52, can be seen in a video cut­ting a stu­dent’s hair while singing the na­tional an­them, then ap­pears to be hold­ing the scis­sors above her head as stu­dents flee.

The video ap­pears to have been taken by a stu­dent and was re­port­edly posted on In­sta­gram.

Gieszinger is a teacher at Univer­sity Prepara­tory High School on the cam­pus of Col­lege of the Se­quoias com­mu­nity col­lege in Visalia. She was ar­rested by cam­pus po­lice and booked Wed­nes­day on sus­pi­cion of felony child en­dan­ger­ment with her bail set at $100,000, ac­cord­ing to The Visalia Times-Delta.

In a state­ment, the Tu­lare County Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion said “Ms. Gieszinger will not re­turn to to her UPHS class­room.”

The state­ment said the school and TCOE “are deeply con­cerned for the stu­dents who were sub­jected to the dis­turb­ing be­hav­ior in Mar­garet Giezinger’s class yes­ter­day morn­ing . ... We take very se­ri­ously the safety of the stu­dents in class­rooms and on the COS cam­pus. We move de­ci­sively when ques­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate or un­pro­fes­sional con­duct are brought to the at­ten­tion of UPHS ad­min­is­tra­tion. In this in­stance, we promptly re­moved Ms. Gieszinger from her class­room and worked closely with the COS Po­lice Depart­ment.”

Coun­selors from the Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion’s men­tal health ser­vices pro­gram are at the school to sup­port stu­dents, the state­ment said.

The Times-Delta re­ported that videos posted on so­cial me­dia show a stu­dent sit­ting in a chair at the front of the class­room when the teacher cuts his hair then tosses it be­hind her — all while loudly singing the “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner.”

Gieszinger’s cre­den­tial was sus­pended in 2007 and 2016, ac­cord­ing to the Com­mis­sion on Teacher Cre­den­tial­ing.


Mar­garet Gieszinger

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