NEWTOWN – Still shook up by Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook elementary, students are headed back to school accompanied by heavy security.
NDJ World | Published: Dec 18 2012 North America
Officials made it clear however it won’t be an ‘ordinary’ school day for the thousands that went back to class for the first time since the shooting.
“This is a day to start healing,” Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais wrote in an e-mail to parents before six schools opened two hours later than usual, with police officers and counselors on hand.
The Sandy Hook school stays closed however and future use of school is uncertain as police continue to block of the school’s perimeters while the investigation is ongoing.
It’s not clear if the 600 Sandy Hook students will ever return to their old school building. Preparations are being made for them to use a school building in a neighboring town in the interim.
But reminders of the tragedy are still clearly visible to everyone in Newtown. Even as schools reopen, two more 6 year old kids, Jessica Rekos and James Mattioli, were being laid to rest.
On Monday, the first two funerals for shooting victims were held, with Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto, both 6, laid to rest in tiny coffins.
Newtown Police Lt. George Sinko said students are apprehensive about going back to school saying “their sense of security has been shattered”.
“Obviously, there’s going to be a lot of apprehension. We just had a horrific tragedy. We had babies sent to school that should be safe and they weren’t,” Sinko said. “You can’t help but think… if this could happen again.”
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