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EAST ORANGE, New Jersey — One teacher’s quick thinking at a school in New Jersey may have saved the life of a student.

Robert, a 9-year-old student, was in his math class Wednesday when he needed a spit of water.

But he couldn’t get the cap off with his hands.

“And then I started it with my teeth and then I was squeezing it a little and then the water pushed the cap to my throat,” Robert said.

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That’s when Robert started choking on the cap.

“I was going to the sink trying to cough it out and I couldn’t so I ran very quickly to Ms. Jenkins,” Robert said.

And Ms. Jenkins acted immediately.

“He was pointing to his neck and he’s all flustered,” East Orange Community Charter School third-grade teacher Janiece Jenkins said. “He can’t talk so then I just turn him around I perform the Heimlich maneuver and here we are.”

Robert has been a student at the charter school since pre-K so, naturally, the school is his second home.

The school administration called Robert’s mom to let her know what happened.

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