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An employee of the CT was accused of strangling 5th grade students

NORWALK, Conn. (WABC) — A Connecticut school employee has been arrested after police say a fifth-grader passed out while performing a choking maneuver.

Stephanie Sanabria, 50, was working as a math coach at Brookside Elementary School on Feb. 24 when officials say she performed a martial arts move on three students.

After the student lost consciousness, the school nurse immediately treated the child.

An arrest warrant was issued for Sanabria on Friday and she was arrested at her home.

She is charged with strangulation, risk of bodily harm to a minor and reckless endangerment.

Norwalk Public Schools released the following statement saying Sanabria resigned:

“On Friday, February 24th, Norwalk Public Schools notified the Norwalk Police Department of an incident at Brookside Elementary School. With the assistance of the Norwalk Police Department, we determined that the teacher was demonstrating defensive techniques to the students, and the student was knocked unconscious during the demonstration. Fortunately, the student was not seriously injured. Ms. Sanabria resigned from Norwalk Public Schools. The safety of our students is our first priority, and we immediately investigated the situation involving Ms. Sanabria when it happened.”

The investigation of the incident continues.

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