A Connecticut elementary school teacher has been accused of choking students


One of the children passed out, police said.

A Connecticut elementary school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of choking her students, causing one of them to pass out, authorities said.

The alleged incident happened last month at Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, Connecticut. The Norwalk Police Department said in a news release Saturday that Norwalk Public Schools was contacted on Feb. 24 “after an employee rendered a student unconscious at Brookside Elementary School.”

The police department immediately sent its Special Victims Unit to investigate the case, and the investigation revealed that Stephanie Sanabria, 50, a math teacher at the school, “had choked three fifth-graders in martial arts. Students in the class” and “as a result, one of the students lost consciousness,” the press release said.

The boy was attended to “immediately” by the school nurse, police said. The child’s condition is unknown.

A spokeswoman for Norwalk Public Schools said the student suffered no permanent injuries and Sanabria has since resigned.

“The safety of our students is our number one concern and we immediately investigated the situation involving Ms. Sanabria when it occurred,” the spokesperson said in a statement to New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH.

Police did not explain why Sanabria was showing the students or the school martial arts.

Based on the results of the ongoing investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Sanabria last Friday and she is being held at her home in Danbury, Connecticut on $20,000 bond. He was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree strangulation and risk of injury to a minor, police said.

Sanabria’s first court appearance is scheduled for March 10, police said. It is not known if he retained an attorney.

ABC News

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