- ABC 30
- 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.
- Students had reported her to officials days before the outburst happened in class.
Students had reportedly warned administrators at a California high school about a teacher’s strange behavior days before she was filmed forcibly cutting off a student’s hair in the middle of class.
- Tulare County Sheriff’s Department
Margaret Gieszinger, a science teacher at University Preparatory High School in Visalia, was arrested on Wednesday after video of the incident was posted online.
According to one parent,though, students had reported Gieszinger for strange behavior on Monday, but school officials turned them away, the Visalia Times Delta reported.
Two days before Wednesday’s incident, in which she was filmed as she belted out the national anthem and attempted to cut more than one student’s hair, Gieszinger reportedly had an outburst over a missing test.
“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.
A UPHS parent, Sara Rocha, said her daughter’s friend reported Gieszinger to administrators on Monday after the alleged outburst.
“(Students) asked for help,” she told the Visalia Times Delta. “But were told they had to go back to class.”
One student, Lauren Hizon, said Gieszinger is a “jokester” and that she was shocked by the teacher’s actions.
“She was always nice, that’s why we were surprised,” Hizon told the Times Delta.
Tulare County Office of Education, which oversees the high school, is investigating the incident.
Officials said counselors would be available for students affected by Gieszinger’s actions.
Jim Vidak, superintendent of Tulare County schools, said Gieszinger would not return to her classroom and a substitute will take over for the rest of the semester.
Visalia Times Delta reported that, according to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Gieszinger’s teaching credential was suspended in 2007 and 2016. The reasons behind the suspensions remain unclear.
Gieszinger is now being held at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility on $100,000 bail on suspicion of felony child endangerment.
Administrators at UPHS did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.