Teacher fired after cutting a student's hair whilst singing national anthem
When I was at school, I recall often pitying my teachers. They seemed to be perpetually exhausted, angry and undersupported, which is hardly surprising when you consider the demands of their job. We often forget just how hard teachers have it. A classroom full of children, all with varying learning capabilities and some with extreme anti-social behavior, is not an environment that many of us would willingly step into routinely each day.
With that, it's no wonder that there are so many reports of teachers losing the plot. Of course, children often push their parents to the point where they can't cope any longer, but that's different as a parent has certain rights as far as reprimanding their child is concerned. Teachers, meanwhile, are quickly villainized for this natural human reaction to extreme pressure.
One teacher who is currently being attacked for her actions is Margaret Gieszinger, a 52-year-old chemistry teacher from Visalia, California's University Preparatory School.
The teacher was suspended indefinitely earlier this week for forcibly cutting a student's hair whilst singing the 'Star Spangled Banner'. A video of the bizarre incident appeared online earlier this week, which has since gone viral.
According to the students, Gieszinger came into the classroom brandishing a pair of scissors whilst declaring that it was "haircut day". The students initially believed that she was joking, but their amusement turned to horror as she began to hack away at one of her student's bonnets.
The video makes for disturbing viewing...
"She started singing the 'Star Spangled Banner' and she was singing it really loudly as she ceremoniously tossed a chunk of hair behind her," one student, who wanted to remain anonymous, told ABC30.
Concerned by her behavior, one student ran to the main office to get help. However, that wasn't before Gieszinger grabbed a female student's hair whilst the rest of the class scrambled out of the room whilst screaming.
Students don't know what triggered their chemistry teacher's bizarre actions, but they link it to an incident from the previous week where Gieszinger had appeared to have a minor breakdown over a lost test.
"I know that on Monday she had another freak out because a test was missing or something. She accused the students of taking the test," said one student. The incident left some students in tears.
Whilst some students stated their approval with Gieszinger's dismissal, some voiced their sadness at the decision. "She is a loving and kind lady. She is usually all smiles and laughs. This is not the Miss G. we know and love," said one student.
Meanwhile, Gieszinger's perplexed husband came forward to announce his concern over the incident. "It's a shock to me, that's out of her character. She doesn't do stuff like that," he told Action News. "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."
Gieszinger is currently being held at Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility on $100,000 bail. The Commission of Teacher Credentialing confirmed that Gieszinger has had her teaching credentials suspended twice in the past, once in 2007 and a second time in 2016. However, officials cannot release details regarding those suspensions.