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.”

More than 400 students attend the elementary school for children from the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, where officials had security posted at schools. The district has announced a partnership with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York to review school security measures and make recommendations.

A lone gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, killed 26 people at the school and committed suicide after fatally shooting his mother at their Newtown home. The motive remains unclear.

Town voters will be asked in October to approve plans to demolish the school where the massacre occurred and build a new one on the same property.

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3 thoughts on “Sandy Hook Students Return to School for New Year

  1. What about this article? Will anyone help them get Justice?
    http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/kkk-school-threat/81338

    KKK THREAT
    50 years MLK Day celebration: KKK Threat saddens my heart. They’re marching I’m still dealing with racism, unfair education system and violations of injustices. 50 years later, there is less of an” innocent until proven guilty system.” There is less interest in remedy injustices and equal rights. There is almost no interest in discovering the truth. People that can provide legal help, don’t have time unless you have the money. By the time a poor person can save the money, the statue time of limitations is up. This plan works out perfect for the persons and corporations in the wrong. However, it keeps the oppressed depressed for they have waited so long for nothing.
    Their justice fighting went from days to years without seeing JUSTICE come to light. The court will not hear the long kept evidence. So, while we cry for help, they flip the calendar of no justice.

    @RayarJohnson
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  2. JanCorey on said:

    Hopefully now every single teacher and every single school staff person is now armed with a firearm after being properly screened and trained in it’s proper use.

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