LEMON GROVE, CA – Cops believe a California school employee may have been doped up on drugs when she ripped off her clothes then barricaded herself inside a classroom with a group of middle school kids.
Now after-school assistant Linda Lira is being held on a $2 million bond in Lemon Grove.
“Within a short time (the students) realized she was not herself. She started saying some pretty bizarre things. She locked the door, turned down the lights,” said Superintendent Ernie Anastos.
One of the students managed to grab Lira’s radio and call for help.
When cops showed up, they say she flipped out, started turning over desks, throwing stuff, all while repeatedly taking off and putting on her clothes in front of the children.
Officers were eventually able to take her down and rescued the kids without anyone getting hurt.
“After students were evacuated, Lira exhibited multiple signs and symptoms of narcotics/hallucinogen use,” San Diego County Sheriff Lt. Chris May said.
Lira was later taken to an area hospital for an evaluation. She’s now in jail charged with 14 counts of child cruelty and 14 counts of false imprisonment.