Margaret Gieszinger, 52, a former teacher at the University Preparatory High School in Visalia, faces six criminal offenses – a fake jail sentence, two cruelties against a child, two counts of batteries, and a number of abuses. According to the Tulare County District Procuratorate, she may spend up to three and a half years in prison if she is convicted of any allegations.
The student walks away, and Gieszinger holds the scissors over her head and demands that another student comes up the front of the class. You hear them tell the students that someone will be selected if no one volunteers. Gieszinger begins to sing again, jumps between the desks and attacks a student. Gieszinger pulls the student's long hair aside as she tries to cut her. The student yells at her to free herself and goes to others who are fleeing the room.
"He could not believe what happened," said Mark Vogt, a lawyer for the male student whose hair was cut by Gieszinger. "He honestly did not know what to do, he thought to himself," Me or somebody else, she's coming for someone else. "And of course we see it later in the video, but he was very scared."
The Tulare District Education Bureau has provided counselors from their mental health program to all students who need to speak. The University Preparatory High School promises that Gieszinger will never return to his classroom.
"We take the safety of students in the classroom very seriously," said the Ministry of Education in a statement. "We review all available information and will take the toughest employment measures."
Gieszinger's husband told KFSN that the behavior shown in the mobile phone video was completely atypical for his wife.