A high school teacher is facing several criminal charges after a cell phone video shows her cutting a student’s hair while singing the National Anthem.

According to CNN, Margaret Gieszinger, 52, was in front of her class at University Preparatory High School in Visalia, California when the incident occurred.

The video shows Gieszinger calling a student to the front of the classroom and making him take a seat before she starts belting the National Anthem and cutting chunks of hair from his head.

She loudly sang “what so proudly we held,” while tossing a chunk of his hair behind her. She was able to take several snips before the student got up from the chair.

The student’s attorney, Mark Vogt, said:

“He couldn’t believe what was happening. He, frankly, didn’t know what to do. He thought to himself ‘me or anybody else, she’s coming for someone else.’ And in the video, of course, we see that later. But he was absolutely terrified.”

Once that student moved away the teacher began demanding another volunteer or she would “pick you out.”

After no one volunteered, Gieszinger is seen quickly approaching another student and grabbing her long hair, as others run out of the classroom. The second student was successfully able to pull away from a singing Gieszinger before receiving a trim.

The chemistry teacher faces six criminal misdemeanor charges. The charges include one count of false imprisonment, two counts of cruelty to a child, two counts of battery, and one count of assault. As CNN reports, Gieszinger could serve up to three and a half years in prison if she is convicted on all charges. She was released from jail Friday evening, after posting a $100,000 bail.

According to KFSN, students say the teacher started showing strange behavior in days leading up to this incident.

A student, who declined to be identified, recalled “Mrs.G” yelling at her class when an exam went missing. She said:

“She just started yelling at the students for not having the test, and she made a student cry.”

Gieszinger has since been fired and ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from University Preparatory High School.The school promises that she will never be able to return to the premises.

Her husband, who spoke with KFSN, was puzzled by his wife’s behavior. He said:

“She doesn’t do stuff like that. It’s not her. It’s not who she is. So I don’t know what was going on with her. I don’t have any clue as to why she did that.”

The Tulare County Office of Education is offering to counsel any students, who may need it. The office released a statement emphasizing their focus on the safety of students and promising to implement the harshest employee consequences appropriate for Gieszinger’s actions.

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16 Replies to “Teacher Is Charged After Video Emerges of Her Cutting a Student’s Hair While Singing National Anthem”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Counsel the students but what about the teacher?
    Her aberrant behavior suggests there was/is
    something wrong.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Amen……those students don’t need counseling. Pa…..lease. Lady had a breakdown! No charges!!!!!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      If she had “something wrong” then why was she a teacher? If she could go into a mental breakdown and do something like that why did they let her become a teacher?!

  • Rosalind 2 years ago

    This teacher is mentally ill. She has rights to have a psychiatric evaluation. If she is a credentialed teacher she should have health insurance.

  • Anna Ostby 2 years ago

    She appears to suffer from a mental health issue or some abnormality in her brain like a tumor.

  • Shelly 2 years ago

    Obviously there is something wrong. All they want to do is berate her and charge her for the behavior rather than having her evaluated by a physician. It just keeps getting more stupid by the day.

  • Cara 2 years ago

    We had a doctor in our town who suddenly started acting crazy. Turns out he had an aggressive brain tumor.
    Or she could be on drugs, or just had a mental crisis.
    Whatever, crazy actions! Poor students.

  • Mary Meek 2 years ago

    Unfortunately, a mental breakdown, brain tumor, or any medical cause for this teacher to have behaved in a manner previously unseen, does not automatically dismiss legal charges, or other consequences for her actions. There should be a time to address these reasons at a future time. It is possible that all charges could be dropped, however, she probably would not be rehired. Hopefully, the students and their teacher receive the counseling and/or treatment they need.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    She has a great voice?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    It is a chemistry class…maybe she whipped up a little something

  • Hair by Tina 2 years ago

    This teacher is crazy!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    She may be going through the menopause it messes with your head.

  • Pat warren 2 years ago

    She looked like she was having a manic episode! If something is out of the norm for someone, they need to be checked by a doctor. Mental illness, brain tumor, a lot could be wrong and it should be checked out before being jailed! Hopefully she will get some help.

  • Liz 2 years ago

    Those not in the field of education struggle to understand why teachers have emotional moments/breakdowns. Teachers plan and teach children daily. Teachers teach and children learn. However, for the most part, teachers teach through disruptive behavior, disrespect, defiance, and various uncalled for behavior. Parents. most of them, fail to discipline their children yet expect teachers to teach , give their child an A, and provide materials. When teachers schedule conferences, most parents will not respond nor attend. Yet when a report card goes home, the teachers email and school mailbox is full of parent messages inquiring about grades and conduct. I am a teacher and love teaching my students. The outside world fails to realize the daily abuse we take from children, and its insulting when we do our job and schedule conferences, yet parents don’t have the time for their child until a grade comes on a report card. Are we really this shallow?
    I don’t agree with what this teacher did, however I’m sure someone at the school level knew she was struggling and failed to help her prior to this incident. School administrators often refuse to help teachers when they call the office for assistance because it is considered a classroom level behavior that should be handle by the teacher. It’s frustrating when teachers reach out for help, yet top level officials fail to hear their cry for fear that the school will get a bad reputation for housing undisciplined children. The truth hurts, yet people need to wake up and see what really goes on inside a school before passing judgment.

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