Margaret Gieszinger is a Visalia, California teacher arrested after she was caught on video forcibly cutting a student’s hair while singing the national anthem.
Gieszinger, a 52-year-old chemistry teacher at the University Preparatory High School, was booked Wednesday on suspicion of felony child endangerment. Her bail was set at $100,000, The Visalia Times Delta reported.
The school said that Gieszinger will not return to the classroom.
Her Facebook page includes numerous pro-Donald Trump posts
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Video Shows Margaret Gieszinger Forcibly Cut Student’s Hair While Singing The Anthem
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A video posted to Twitter shows Gieszinger tell her class “Okay, I want everybody to rise. Rise. This is how we do it.”
She is then seen belting out the “Star-Spangled Banner” while cutting the shocked boy’s hair.
When he goes to get up, she tells him, “You’re not done.”
She then walked over to a female student and appeared to grab her hair and try to cut it while others pupils yelled and ran out of the classroom.
“We think she’s going to try to be funny and be like ‘Oh did you really think I was going to cut his hair?’ But she did cut a hair off, and she started singing the Star Spangled Banner and she was singing it really loudly as she ceremoniously tossed a chunk of hair behind her,” a student who asked to remain anonymous told KFSN.
“I hope I never have to see her at the school again, because I know for a fact I can never see her as a respectable authority figure in my life,” the student added.
2. Margaret Gieszinger Booked on Suspicion of Child Endangerment
The College of the Sequoias police responded to a call from the school Wednesday. Police Chief Kevin Mizner said they received a call from the University of Preparatory High School about an incident involving a teacher and a “pair of scissors,” The Visalia Times Delta reported.
Gieszinger was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment. Her bail was set at $100,000.
3. Margaret Gieszinger Will Not Return to the Classroom