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Children Attend Classes at New Sandy Hook School

By The Associated Press — September 06, 2016 1 min read

Elementary students attended classes at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week for the first time since a shooting rampage in the Newtown, Conn., school killed 20 1st graders and six educators.

Newtown schools Superintendent Joseph Erardi said it was an uneventful day for the approximately 400 students at the new 86,000-square-foot school, which was built to replace the one torn down after the December 2012 shootings.

The $50 million replacement was built on the same property as the former school, but not in the old footprint. All that remains of the former school are two large concrete slabs containing dinosaur footprints that sat outside the old building. About 70 current students attended the school when the shootings occurred. School officials say about 35 of them were in the building at the time, but none witnessed the shootings. Kindergartners at the time, they are now 4th graders.

A version of this article appeared in the September 07, 2016 edition of Education Week as Children Attend Classes at New Sandy Hook School

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