A US teacher is facing criminal charges after footage showed her forcibly cutting a student’s hair during class while singing the national anthem, the BBC has reported.
According to the BBC, Margaret Gieszinger, 52, has also lost her job at University Preparatory High School in Visalia, California.
Prosecutors say she has pleaded not guilty to the six charges, including child cruelty and battery, and faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison, the news organisation said.
Ms Gieszinger was released on a $100,000 (£78,500) bail late on Friday.
In a mobile telephone video posted on social media, the science teacher is seen calling a male student to sit at the front of the class.
She then cuts chunks of his hair while singing an incorrect version of the Star Spangled Banner.
A lawyer for the student was quoted by CNN as saying that his client was “absolutely terrified” before he managed to get away.