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A California teacher was arrested after allegedly forcibly cutting off a student's hair while singing the national anthem

Kelly McLaughlin
  • Margaret Gieszinger, a science teacher at University Preparatory High School in Visalia, California, was arrested on Wednesday.
  • She had been filmed singing the Star Spangled Banner while cutting a student's hair at the front of a classroom.
  • She was arrested by police from the College of the Sequoias on suspicion of felony child endangerment.

A California high school teacher was arrested on Wednesday after an Instagram video appeared that allegedly showed her forcibly cutting a student's hair during class while belting out the national anthem.

Margaret Gieszinger

Margaret Gieszinger, a 52-year-old science teacher at University Preparatory High School in Visalia, was arrested after police from the College of the Sequoias responded to reports of child endangerment involving a teacher and a "pair of scissors," police chief Kevin Mizner told the Visalia Times Delta.

In videos of the incident, Gieszinger is first seen standing in front of a student, cutting portions of the student's hair off and throwing them behind her.

As the student attempted to get up, Gieszinger said: "You're not done."

She then attempted to move on to another student, according to the Visalia Times Delta, but the girl was able to escape.

Other students then started screaming and running out of the classroom.

Throughout the clip, Gieszinger can be heard singing the Star Spangled Banner.

Students said they don't know what triggered the behaviour, but said Gieszinger had been acting strange all week.

"I know that on Monday she had another freak out because a test was missing or something. She accused the students of taking the test," one student told ABC 30.


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Gieszinger was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment, and her bail was set at $US100,000.

The science teacher's credential from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing was suspended in 2007 and 2016 for two weeks each time.

The reasons behind the suspensions remain unclear.

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