A 31-year-old employee of the Lemon Grove School District was arrested on suspicion of refusing to let students leave their classroom, then barricading herself in the room and taking off her clothes, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Linda Lira, an after-school assistant at the Lemon Grove Academy, a school for students from kindergarten through sixth grade, was arrested and booked into jail on 14 counts of child endangerment and 14 counts of false imprisonment.
The incident at the school in the suburb east of San Diego began Wednesday with Lira “acting bizarre” and barricading herself and the children in a classroom, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Chris May.
Students became frightened and used a campus radio to call for help. Staff members “fought with Lira to gain access to the classroom and remove children from her reach,” the Sheriff’s Department said.
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Correction: A previous headline incorrectly identified the school employee as a teacher. The post had been updated with the correction information.