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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 06:39 PM

California teacher arrested for forcibly cutting boy's hair

Source: Associated Press


Updated 5:08 pm CST, Thursday, December 6, 2018



VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A high school teacher in central California was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after forcibly cutting the hair of one of her students while singing the national anthem, authorities said.

Margaret Gieszinger was arrested Wednesday after videos posted to social media showed a student at University Preparatory High School in the city of Visalia sitting in a chair at the front of the classroom as Gieszinger cuts his hair.

In a video obtained by KFSN-TV, the 52-year-old science and chemistry teacher is heard belting the "Star Spangled Banner" while cutting chunks of the boy's hair and tossing them behind her. The circumstances of what led the teacher to cut the student's hair were not immediately known.

After cutting the boy's hair, Gieszinger grabs at a girl's long hair before the students make a run for it out of the classroom, the video shows.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/us/article/California-teacher-arrested-for-forcibly-cutting-13447600.php

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Reply California teacher arrested for forcibly cutting boy's hair (Original post)
Judi Lynn Thursday OP
cstanleytech Thursday #1
Honeycombe8 Thursday #2
Gore1FL Thursday #3
kag Thursday #5
Major Nikon Thursday #13
C Moon Thursday #4
Archae Thursday #6
TexasProgresive Thursday #7
Major Nikon Thursday #14
obamanut2012 Friday #16
eppur_se_muova Thursday #8
Initech Thursday #9
violetpastille Thursday #10
obamanut2012 Friday #17
violetpastille Friday #18
MooDrew Thursday #11
YOHABLO Thursday #12
Bayard Thursday #15
cannabis_flower Friday #19
csziggy Friday #20
suffragette Friday #21

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 06:44 PM

1. Sounds like someone needs a reservation to a nice padded room.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 06:54 PM

2. And he just sat there and let her? Seems like she may have had a breakdown.

Since she was going to cut others' hair.

If she didn't have a breakdown...WTH?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:00 PM

3. She clearly needs help.

When I read "She is a loving and kind lady. She is usually all smiles and laughs. This is not the Miss G. we know and love." in the article, I found it terrifying to think about. What must it be like to blink into this new persona?

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:11 PM

5. I thought the same thing.

It sounded like the kids were in complete shock.

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:56 PM

13. Says she's been suspended a couple of times

So maybe she’s gone crae crae a time or two already.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:11 PM

4. Sad for both parties. Sounds like she needs some help.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:18 PM

6. Meth? Looks like it.

Or "bath salts."

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Response to Archae (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:22 PM

7. Or perhaps a minor stroke.

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Response to Archae (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:01 PM

14. Could be even alcohol

We had an employee who was abusing pain meds and went off the deep end a couple of times before termination. Another was an alcoholic and just stopped showing up. A family member found them at home in a psychotic state.

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Response to Archae (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 05:57 AM

16. no, she does not look like a meth head

she is clearly mentally unwell.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:39 PM

8. Why do authoritarians care so much about other peoples' hair ?

It really seems pathological.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:04 PM

9. It's like 1/2 the country has gone completely insane.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:08 PM

10. A Charter School

Charters are such bullshit.

This person already had their teaching credentials suspended in 2016. For "immoral or unprofessional conduct."

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Response to violetpastille (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 06:00 AM

17. It is a public high school, not a charter

Many places have public high schools on the grounds of community colleges and universities. PUBLIC.

It is obvious from her actions and the kids' comments she is mentally ill.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #17)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 10:49 AM

18. I looked it up and it's a charter.


Here is the website of the school itself stating it is a charter school (scroll down)

(I'm going to barely resist my impulse to capitalize the word charter.)

https://sites.google.com/uphsconnect.org/uphs-school-information-2018-2/home

The "Preparatory" was the tip off.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:36 PM

11. Seems Like She Had A Psychosis

At least from the facts given in the story. It sounds like multiple students warned the administration there was a problem with her days before. I'd place the blame squarely on them for not intervening then as developing a mental illness isn't a choice.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:52 PM

12. Teaching could drive you crazy. But cutting someone's hair is so wrong. She might have to say bubye.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:57 PM

15. Yikes

The kid already has short hair. I'd have been afraid she was going to do more than cutting hair with the scissors.

This lady's cheese has definitely slipped off her cracker.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 02:39 PM

19. While I agree

that the behavior was inappropriate, I'm not sure $100,000 isn't excessive. Yes, she assaulted a child but there wasn't any permanent physical harm. I would say it could be emotionally harmful but she's been suspended and arrested and probably won't be back at that school. I think $5000 or $10000 bail would have been more appropriate.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 03:04 PM

20. Here is a more complete story with the video

https://abc30.com/video-visalia-teacher-arrested-for-forcibly-cutting-kids-hair-in-class/4843682/

This woman needs some serious help. In the video she is off the wall. I am surprised the students didn't cut and run much sooner!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 03:51 PM

21. Less than a week after teacher in Albuquerque cut student's hair. Weird combo of exerting power

and stripping identity.

Add in the scary element of someone behaving so oddly while wielding scissors, which could easily or even accidentally become a weapon.

Glad the students made it out of there before the situation became worse.

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