MONROE, Conn. (AP) — Therapy dogs and heightened security greeted Sandy Hook Elementary School students Tuesday as they began their first full year of school without the 20 children and six educators slain in the December massacre.
The students from Newtown are being bused to the neighboring town of Monroe, where a former middle school was renovated for them after the Dec. 14 shootings.
“Things went well,” said Brenda Lebinski, whose 9-year-old daughter is starting fourth grade at the school. “There was a lot of police presence when we pulled in. There were lots of teachers and therapy dogs greeting the kids when they walked in.”
Lebinski said her daughter’s transition was eased because she was able to have the same teacher as last year.
“She was very happy to be back at school,” Lebinski said. “Most of the kids were fine.”
On one of the school buses carrying the Sandy Hook children on Tuesday morning, a window was decorated with a quotation from the school’s slain principal, Dawn Hochsprung: “Be nice to each other. It’s really all that matters.”