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Connecticut elementary teacher accused of using chokehold on students

Stefanie Sanabria, 50, quit after she "demonstrated a martial arts chokehold on three fifth-grade students" and one "went unconscious," police said.

A Connecticut teacher resigned after she was arrested and accused of putting chokeholds on three students, one of whom passed out, officials said Monday.

Stefanie Sanabria, 50, of Danbury, is no longer teaching at Brookside Elementary School after her arrest last week in connection with the Feb. 24 incident, Norwalk Public Schools said in a statement.

Sanabria, who was hired Aug. 24, 2021, resigned Friday, a district spokesperson said.

At the time of the incident, Sanabria was working as a math coach and "demonstrated a martial arts chokehold on three fifth-grade students in class," Norwalk police said in a statement.

"As a result of the chokehold, authorities said one of the students went unconscious," police said. "The student was immediately treated by the school nurse. "

The school district said Sanabria was "demonstrating defensive holds to students" when one of them "fainted during that demonstration."

"Fortunately, the student did not sustain any permanent injury," it said. "The safety of our students is our first concern, and we immediately investigated the situation involving Ms. Sanabria when it occurred."

Sanabria was booked on suspicion of strangulation, risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment.

Sanabria did not immediately respond to messages left at her publicly listed phone numbers and email addresses Monday.