Visalia teacher accused of cutting student's hair in class while singing 'Star Spangled Banner' charged with 6 misdemeanors

VISALIA, Calif. -- A Visalia high school teacher has been charged with six misdemeanors after forcibly cutting a student's hair in class.

Video surfaced Wednesday showing 52-year-old Margaret Gieszinger chasing students with scissors between desks while belting out the "Star Spangled Banner" at University Preparatory High School.

In the video Gieszinger is also shown grabbing at another girl's hair before everyone makes a run for it out of the classroom.

On Friday, Gieszinger was charged with two counts of battery, two counts of willful cruelty to a child, one count of false imprisonment and one count of assault.

Days before the strange episode in the classroom, students said the science teacher was already showing signs of odd behavior.

On Thursday, the Tulare County Office of Education released a statement saying that Gieszinger will not return to her classroom at UPHS, where she has worked since August.

Geiszinger is being held at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility on $100,000 bail after she forcibly cut a student's hair in class.

If convicted on all charges, Gieszinger faces up to 3 years, six months in jail.
Copyright © 2021 KFSN-TV. All Rights Reserved.