California teacher Margaret Gieszinger just embodied the definition of cray cray. She chopped a student’s hair, then attempted to snip other student’s locks, while belting the National Anthem. As of yet, no comment from Colin Kaepernick.
A Visalia teacher has been arrested after an Instagram video showed her appearing to forcibly chop off at least one student’s hair while belting out the National Anthem in her classroom.
College of the Sequoias police responded Wednesday to a University Preparatory High School classroom after reports of child endangerment involving a teacher and a “pair of scissors,” said Police Chief Kevin Mizner.
No one is really sure of the motive here. From all appearances, the boy who got a lock of hair snip snipped from his head was perfectly well-groomed. It’s not like the teacher went Edward Scissorhands on some Rastafarian wannabe with locks smelling of hemp and sadness. Which would’ve also been wrong. An electric razor is better.
According to Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Gieszinger’s credential was suspended in 2007 and 2016. It’s unclear why her credentials were suspended. The 2016 suspension lasted 14 days. The 2007 suspension lasted seven.
So she did something bad enough eleven years ago for a seven-day suspension, then nine years later earned herself a 14-day suspension, then in 2018 whipped out some blades for a little Sweeney Todd.
I’m no psychologist, but this seems a little like escalation to me. Here’s more information on the 2016 suspension:
Education Code 44421 suspension reads:
“The Commission on Teacher Credentialing shall privately admonish, publicly reprove, revoke or suspend for immoral or unprofessional conduct, or for persistent defiance of, and refusal to obey, the laws regulating the duties of persons serving in the public school system, or for any cause that would have warranted the denial of an application for a credential or the renewal thereof, or for evident unfitness for service.”
So she somehow broke the rules, enough to get a two-week suspension, but the commission on teacher credentialing still gave Sweeney Todd the stamp of approval?
We’re glad all the students are safe, and the boy’s hair will grow back. But if I’m a parent of a student of this school, my faith in their hiring methods is shaken. Related: Watch What the Broward School Board Does to Survivor Who Questions Them.