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.