EXCLUSIVE TALK OF THE SOUND REPORT — A very credible parent source from Webster Elementary School has shared with NRCP that a district assigned substitute Physical Education Teacher assaulted (parent used expression “teacher put child in a chokehold”) 5th grader at the aforementioned school. The alleged assault occurred yesterday, June 12th, 2009. We are gathering more details at this time. We were also told that there was a letter sent out to parents. Citizens, please write in and let us know what you know!
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story which has now been widely reported in newspapers, online and on TV was broken her first thanks to alert New Rochelle residents who have taken to reporting the news themselves via Talk of the Sound. Another signal of how citizen media is changing the rules of the game. Great work all around.
UPDATE: On Friday, June 12 a teacher was charged criminally (assault 3rd degree, endangering the welfare of a minor, and harassment).
UPDATE: Here is the paperwork on it from NRPD: NRPD Webster Assault Reports. The teacher arrested is Daniel Sanabria, 58, of New Rochelle.
UPDATE: Aman Ali of
the Journal News is now reporting the story. Ali is reporting:
Sanabria was arraigned in city court on Friday and will appear again on June 23.
Detective Thomas Leak said the incident occurred at Daniel Webster Elementary School when Sanabria and the student were arguing over a gym class dodgeball game. The student claimed he wasn’t out in the game and Sanabria disagreed. The argument led to Sanabria calling the student a “crybaby” as the child was walking away and the child responded by trying to throw a punch at Sanabria but missed, police said.
UPDATE: News12 is now reporting the story.
Update: Once again the Journal News’ Aman Ali has published yet another report on the topic. It seems that Mr. Ali is not going to walk away from this one that quickly. This is one of the few times that we have seen the Journal News interview the other side when reporting problems and/or incidents within the City School District of New Rochelle.
In this article Mr. Organisciak takes the opportunity to squeeze in some of his own denials:
New Rochelle school officials emphasized Sanabria was never an employee of the district.
“Obviously, we’re not going to be using him again,” Superintendent Richard Organisciak said.