Teacher Arrested For Forcibly Cutting Student’s Hair in Class

Teacher Arrested For Forcibly Cutting Student’s Hair in Class December 6, 2018

Students at a California high school sat horrified as their science teacher cut the hair of one of their fellow students. According to multiple reports, the teacher, Margaret Gieszinger, forced the student to sit at the front of the class. While Gieszinger cut the students’ hair, she belted out the Star Spangled Banner. Several students uploaded videos of the outburst on Instagram (video below). Following the Instagram upload, Police arrived at University Preparatory High School and arrested the teacher.

In a video that surfaced on Instagram, Gieszinger is seen chasing students around the classroom with scissors. The video, taken by students, was the start of a bizarre first period at University Preparatory High School.

According to ABC30, students say that Gieszinger walked into the classroom holding a pair of scissors. Next, she announced to the class that today was “haircut day.”

A student interviewed by ABC30 said,

“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.”

After cutting one student’s hair, the teacher grabbed a female student. In the video, Gieszinger cut hair from the girl’s head. Scared and alarmed, students fled from the classroom to get help.

When students got to the administration office to make a report about the incident, staff in the office told them to go back to class.

After the administration failed to help them, concerned students uploaded a video of the bizarre event to Instagram.

Shortly after the students uploaded the footage, police received a call concerning child endangerment at the high school.

Police arrived at the school after receiving the complaint and arrested the teacher. Following her arrest, police charged the teacher with felony child endangerment. Authorities booked Gieszinger into jail and set her bail at $100,000.

News of the event spread rapidly through the community. Parents expressed outrage to reporters that the administration did nothing to protect the students.

Sara Rocha, whose daughter’s friend is in the class, told Visalia Times Daily, “They asked for help from administrators on Monday,” she said, “but were told they had to go back to class.”

Principal Eric Thiessen told the reporter that all the students at the school are now safe and directed the outlet to ask further questions to the district office.

Perhaps the most bizarre aspect of the teacher’s outburst is that students say the behavior was totally out of character. One student described the teacher as loving and kind.

Lili Gates told the Visalia Times Daily,

“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.

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.”

When asked why the incident might have occurred, another student provided a theory. Students told ABC30 that the teacher had a similar freakout earlier in the week.

One student told the reporter,

“I know that on Monday she had another freakout because a test was missing or something. She accused the students of taking the test.”

Following the arrest by police, the district opened an investigation into the event. The district did not say what disciplinary actions would be taken against the teacher.

 

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  • Knitting Cat Lady

    Huh.

    Could be anything starting with bad reaction to new meds to brain tumour that is squishing something unfortunate.

    I hope they do a thorough medical work up to check if something’s going on.

  • Martin Penwald

    That teacher needs medical help, not arrestation.

  • HematitePersuasion

    Yes; the first thing that hit my mind was mild stroke

  • Definitely sounds like some form of medical or psychological distress.

  • Maddog

    I know. When I read that she was cutting hairs while singing a national anthem, I thought that maybe she was angry at a student for not having hairs in lines with American norms. But no – it sounds random. But ideally, arrest for this woman would precede her diagnosis and treatment.

  • Kevin K

    Well, if the disciplinary action doesn’t include a drug test and a psych eval, I’ll want to know about it.

  • Kevin K

    I think the assault of the children certainly provides justification for the arrest. And at the very least, it allows the school district to keep her out of the building and away from the kids. But I agree, a complete work-up seems to be needed here.

  • tatortotcassie

    My first thought was psychotic episode (but we did just spend a whole month on mental health in school so the topic is on my mind, no pun intended.)

  • Pfalzer

    Agreed, especially if this had not been the first incident. The most disturbing part of this strange story is the inexcusable behavior of the school’s administrative staff who sent the kids back to a dangerous situation, without checking on the circumstances or the teacher involved.
    They should be fired.

  • Knitting Cat Lady

    Totally agree!

    At the very least they should have sent an adult with the children to find out what’s going on.

    I’d say ‘What were they thinking?!’ but I’m pretty certain there wasn’t any thinking going on in the first place…

  • Knitting Cat Lady

    A psych hold in a forensic psychiatry unit would be good.

  • starmom

    No way would we not respond to a teacher cutting hair.
    High school where i worked had a teacher pass out. A kid came running, and we reacted immediately. The kid got praised. Teacher waa fine.

  • Lizard

    Brain tumor was my first guess, if this is out of character and started happening all of a sudden.

  • Lizard

    Yeah, I hope she gets a medical workup.

  • Jim Jones

    > When students got to the administration office to make a report about the incident, staff in the office told them to go back to class.

    I’d fire all involved in that action.

  • WallofSleep

    Ah yes, this happened in my neck of the bible ditch in CA, where school age kids are treated like 3rd class citizens*. It wasn’t but more than a few years ago that the ACLU came after a school district even closer to me for enforcing draconian, 50’s era gender norms in dress and hairstyles. I don’t think the ACLU accomplished much in the way of change.

    *Which explains the admin’s “Go back to class, STFD & STFU.” response to the students’ concerns.

  • WallofSleep

    “They should be fired.”

    They likely won’t. The “god ‘n guns” crowd in this part of CA generally love that kind of authoritarian bullshit in their school system.

  • Desertphile

    Teacher assaulted students with scissors, and the school administration ordered the students to go back to class and get assaulted. WTF?!

  • WallofSleep

    Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown The Central Valley.

  • WallofSleep

    For some context, here is what the education system is like in the bible ditch of CA. I will use as an example one Brooke Ashjian , former president of the Fresno Unified school board. Remember that last bit.

    https://www.fresnobee.com/news/special-reports/too-young/article165478887.html

    https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article169034157.html

    https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article208574559.html

    Cliff’s Notes:

    In 2016 a law was passed making comprehensive sex education mandatory in the CA public school system for middle school and high school students. And yes, we are still talking 21st century California. smh

    In early Aug. of 2017 Ashjian said the following of the law:

    “We didn’t want someone else teaching our kids about morality, and what was right and what was wrong… That’s the role of a father and mother: You bring a child into the world and you talk to them about things that matter. With society going away from church – whatever church that is – you’re not getting the first crack at that kid. Somebody else is. And that’s a problem.”

    Also:

    “My biggest fear in teaching this – which we’re going to do it because it’s the law – but you have kids who are extremely moldable at this stage, and if you start telling them that LGBT is OK and that it’s a way of life, well maybe you just swayed the kid to go that way… It’s so important for parents to teach these Judeo-Christian
    philosophies.”

    And later that month, after receiving criticism for his comments:

    “It is sad, they like the Ottomans are trying to be the thought police. They are trying to make people of faith second-class citizens, as they seek to silence our voices in the public square. Just like what my grandparents and millions of other grandparents had to endure at the hands of the Ottomans before escaping to America.”

    At least he didn’t go all Godwin on them. At any rate, he was not censured, he was not fined, he was not relieved from duty. He only left office when he chose not to run for re-election in Nov. of 2018. And yes, WE ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT 21ST CENTURY CALIFORNIA HERE! The gayest, most librul state according to those who’ve never set foot in it.

    When he announced he wouldn’t seek re-election he said: “If I ran again, I would win…”, and I guaran-fucking-tee you that’s one of the safest bets one could make in this part of CA.

  • USA MRIID

    She should be charged with violent sexual assault. No need to ask who she voted for, is there.

  • USA MRIID

    No, the root cause is almost certainly Republicanism, the right wing extremist belief that because their white supremacist leader is in the White House, nothing is a crime any more.

  • kilda

    this really sounds like a psychiatric issue of some kind, since the behavior was so bizarre and the students said it’s very out of character. I hope she gets a good diagnosis and help.

  • pennyroyal

    maybe took a cough medicine that she was allergic to

  • L Turner

    A little off of the topic, but doesn’t she sound like Rosanne Barr singing the national anthem?

  • Jim X

    This is Devin Nunes’s base. Easy to see how he gets re-elected with no effort.

  • Contractions of Fate

    What also needs investigation, and possible disciplinary and legal action, is a school Admin that tells children to go back to their classroom when they have just reported a teacher going nuts with a scissors. In the classroom.

  • Hmmm? Do you suggest that the hair that she was cutting was not that on the students’ heads?

  • C_Alan_Nault

    “The district did not say what disciplinary actions would be taken against the teacher.”

    Well, she assaulted a student while holding a deadly weapon. I would think as a minimum she wouldn’t be allowed to be alone with students while on school property

  • WallofSleep

    I tried to vote him out, but the folks ’round here love that traitor. At least someone gave him a run for his money* this time; he ran unopposed for the last handful of elections.

    *Nunes literally mailed out a 38 page, full color, glossy stock, staple bound, political hit piece. If you know anything about the print industry, you know that shit is expensive. And that doesn’t include the near daily, 8.5 x 11 mailers he sent out. For the first time in his political career, he was afraid.

  • Fire them and sue them.

  • Cynthia

    Possibly, but the school admin has no such excuse for ignoring the students seeking help.

  • Kiyah

    Yep. I had a teacher start mumbling nonsense and slump over. You bet the staff got him help at once. They knew, though the students didn’t, that he had diabetes and probably needed some sugar. Bingo, teacher fine. If they’d ignored this, he could easily have died.