San Diego School Employee Locks Kids in Classroom, Undresses: Cops

Lemon Grove School

Lemon Grove School

A San Diego woman has been arrested after a bizarre incident in which she locked students inside of a classroom and began taking off her clothes, according to The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Linda Lira, a 31-year-old after-school assistant at the Lemon Grove Academy (K-6) was arrested and booked into jail on 14 counts of child endangerment and an additional 14 counts of false imprisonment.

At about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Lira barricaded herself in a classroom with students. After a few minutes, terrified students were able to get her campus radio and call for help from school officials.

The school’s staff fought with Lira to get inside the classroom and were able to get the children out, according to officials – and then things got even weirder, via The LA Times:

Lira was showing “multiple signs and symptoms of narcotics/hallucinogen use,” including throwing things and “undressing and redressing several times,” the Sheriff’s Department said.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and  Lira was first taken to a hospital for evaluation.  She was then booked into jail.

Deputies spent Thursday interviewing students with social workers and therapists at the school to provide counseling.