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Woman in bizarre outburst at Lemon Grove Academy released from custody

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EL CAJON (CBS 8/CNS) - Sentencing proceedings wrapped up early Friday afternoon for an after-school assistant who barricaded herself and more than a dozen students inside a Lemon Grove elementary school classroom, then fought with a teacher who came to the children's rescue.

Linda Lira, 31, was sentenced to 241 days in custody, but because of time served she was released Friday.

Lira pleaded guilty last month to felony child endangerment and misdemeanor battery.

Lira was working at Lemon Grove Academy on Golden Avenue just after 4 p.m. on March 25 "when she began acting bizarre and barricaded herself and several children in a classroom," San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Chris May said.

Students used Lira's unattended campus radio to call for help, he said.

"Staff briefly fought with Lira to gain access to the classroom and remove children from her reach," May said.

"After students were evacuated, Lira exhibited multiple signs and symptoms of narcotics/hallucinogen use. While struggling with other school staff, Lira removed her own clothing as one act in a series of bizarre acts."

When deputies arrived, Lira was barricaded alone in a classroom, where she upended desks, threw things around and undressed and dressed several times, according to the lieutenant. Deputies arrested her and took her to a hospital for an evaluation, May said. Further tests showed that Lira didn't have any drugs in her system.

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