A California teacher was arrested on Wednesday after an Instagram video showed her forcibly chopping off at least one male student’s hair while belting out the National Anthem in her classroom, reports the Visalia Times Delta.
Science teacher Margaret Gieszinger, 52, was arrested by College of the Sequoias police on suspicion of felony child endangerment.
Police Chief Kevin Mizner said officers were dispatched to a University Preparatory High School classroom after receiving reports of child endangerment involving a teacher and a “pair of scissors.” Her bail was set at $100,000.
Three videos posted to social media on Wednesday showed Gieszinger ordering a student to sit in a chair at the front of the classroom before she cut off portions of the student’s hair. She then tosses the chunks of hair behind her.
As the student attempts to walk back to his desk, the teacher says, “You’re not done,” and motions him to sit back down.
Gieszinger then chops off another portion of his hair.
The Visalia Times Delta reports:
Shortly after, in the video, the teacher calls out other students and then walks over to a female student. The teacher appears to grab a piece of the student’s hair and attempts to snip it. Other students then begin to scream and run out of the classroom.
The teacher continues to loudly sing as students flee.
“All students are safe,” Principal Eric Thiessen said, Wednesday afternoon.
“When everything was going on I was terrified, and I so badly wanted to blame her. I was scared she was going to come back,” said Lilli Gates, one of Gieszinger’s students. “What she did to my classmates and I is inexcusable. I am not trying to make excuses for her, I simply ask everyone to reconsider how they view her. She is a loving and kind lady. She is usually all smiles and laughs. This is not the Miss G. we know and love.”
Sara Rocha, a parent of a UPHS junior, told the paper that the trouble began on Monday after a test went missing and Gieszinger blamed the students.
Rocha said Gieszinger made her daughter’s friend cry during the incident, prompting students to reach out to school administrators on Monday.
“(Students) asked for help,” she said, “but were told they had to go back to class.”
Watch one of the videos, below: