A California high school teacher is out of a job after she was recorded forcibly cutting a student's hair while singing The Star-Spangled Banner before chasing students out of a classroom with the scissors still in her hand.
According to ABC 30 in Fresno, California, Margaret Gieszinger was arrested after students notified school administration at University Preparatory High School in Visalia, California on December 5 that their chemistry teacher had gone crazy and began acting erratically in class.
A student told the local ABC affiliate that Gieszinger walked into class the morning of the incident with a pair of scissors in hand, shouting that it was "haircut day."
"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," the anonymous student said.
The rather bizarre chain of events started when Gieszinger grabbed a male student and had him sit down in front of the class. She then began shouting the lyrics to the National Anthem while cutting off chunks of the boy's hair. But it would only get crazier from there.
Next, Gieszinger can be seen walking towards the back of the classroom, where she attempted to grab a female student and cut her hair as well. At that point, the classroom was practically abandoned by the remaining students, who went to the school's front office to report the incident.
"I hope I never have to see her at the school again because I know for a fact I can never see her as a respectable authority figure in my life," the student said.
While none of the students know exactly what set the 52-year-old teacher off to make her want to chase teenagers around with a pair of scissors, several students noticed something was up with her earlier in the week when she accused students of stealing a test she could not locate.
Even Gieszinger's husband, Peter, was shocked by what he saw in the video. During an interview with Inside Edition, he explained that the incident was beyond anything he could imagine. He added that something happened to her and she must have just flipped out.
"If she did snap and have a mental break of any kind, I hope she can seek help," he said.
Gieszinger was arrested and booked at the Tulare County Jail with $100,000 bail before being charged with five misdemeanors, including false imprisonment and cruelty to a child. Her husband was able to post bond two days after her arrest.
If convicted, Gieszinger could spend a maximum of three and a half years in prison. But even if she avoids conviction, Gieszinger probably won't be teaching anytime soon as her teaching certificates were suspended shortly after her arrest.
The full video of Gieszinger's meltdown can be seen below:
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