TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KMPH) — A California teacher has been arrested after a video shows her forcibly cutting a students hair while singing the national anthem.
It happened Wednesday at University Preparatory High School located in Visalia, California.
A video on social media shows Margaret Gieszinger taking a pair of scissors to the head of one of her students.
Gieszinger then begins snipping out chunks of hair while singing The Star-Spangled Banner.
When students stand up to walk away, Gieszinger begins walking toward another student with the scissors.
That's when the students ran out of the room.
Gieszinger was charged with felony child endangerment. Her bond has been set at $100,000.
The Tulare County Office of Education released the following statement regarding the incident:
"The staff at University Preparatory High School and the administration at the Tulare County Office of Education are deeply concerned for the students who were subjected to the disturbing behavior in Margaret Gieszinger’s class yesterday morning. To support all students on the UPHS campus today, we have sent top counselors from our mental health services program. They will continue to be available to the students as long as necessary.
We take very seriously the safety of the students in classrooms and on the COS campus. We move decisively when questions of inappropriate and 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. We are reviewing all available information and will take the most severe employment action appropriate. Ms. Gieszinger will not return to her UPHS classroom.
A highly-qualified substitute teacher has been placed in the classroom for the remainder of the semester. UPHS administration will work closely with this teacher until a replacement teacher is hired.
At this time, we cannot discuss further the details of this matter out of respect for due process, student privacy rights, employee privacy rights, and law enforcement’s ongoing investigation. We appreciate the prompt actions of the COS Police Department, and appreciate the patience and understanding of the community as we continue to handle this unfortunate incident."