Sheriff’s deputies say the students became fearful of Linda Lira’s actions and strange behavior, and used Lira’s unattended campus radio to call for help and alert other teachers and staff.
The staff briefly fought with Lira to gain access to the classroom and remove children from her reach. After students were evacuated, Lira exhibited multiple signs and symptoms of narcotics and hallucinogen use. While struggling with other school staff, Lira removed her own clothing. When deputies arrived on scene, Lira had barricaded herself alone in the classroom, upending desks, throwing things throughout the room and undressing/redressing several times.
Lira was taken into custody by Sheriff’s deputies and was initially transported to the hospital for evaluation. She was booked at the Las Colinas Woman’s Detention and Re-entry Facility on 14 counts of child endangerment and 14 counts of false imprisonment.
As parents arrived to pick-up their children following the incident, they were met by administrators who shared information and answered questions. The Lemon Grove School District had school social workers and therapists on-hand to provide counseling for all of the students that may have been affected by this incident. The district will continue to provide ongoing support for students and staff.