Woman Who Barricaded Students in Classroom Sentenced

A former after-school assistant who held several students against their will in a San Diego classroom last March was sentenced Friday. 

Linda Lira, formerly of Lemon Grove Academy, was sentenced to 241 days in jail and 5 years’ probation Friday morning. Last month she pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and misdemeanor battery charges.

Lira barricaded herself and several others students in a classroom last March. According to the students, she threw things, upended desks, and took off her clothes as she struggled with police. The prosecutor said she reportedly “saw demons.”

She will be released immediately Because of time served. She is to have no contact with children, and is required to have psychiatric treatment.

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