Visalia teacher arrested on suspicion of child endangerment for cutting student’s hair, police say

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A high school teacher was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of felony child endangerment, police say.

University Prepatory High School science teacher, Margaret Gieszinger, 52, of Exeter, was arrested at her home around noon, says the College of the Sequoias District Police Chief Kevin Mizner.

The high school is located on the community college’s campus.

He says, Gieszinger allegedly told students she was giving “free haircuts,” and a student thought she was joking, so he sat in her chair and she started cutting.

He told her to stop, Mizner says, but she wouldn’t and the student ran out of the classroom.

Mizner says she followed the student out with scissors, other students tried to intervene, and eventually other staff got her to stop.

She stopped teaching for the day and went home, Mizner says.

Police interviewed students and watched cell phone footage of the incident and had enough cause to arrest Gieszinger at her home.

According to jail records, Gieszinger is booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility and her bail is set at $100,000. 

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