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Newtown students return to school after last week's shooting

A nation mourns after the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history at Sandy Hook Elementary, which left 20 children and six staff members dead.
A nation mourns after the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history at Sandy Hook Elementary, which left 20 children and six staff members dead.David Friedman / NBC News
Students return to Hawley Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 18, the first day of classes since 20 students and 6 adults were killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Students return to Hawley Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 18, the first day of classes since 20 students and 6 adults were killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.David Friedman / NBC News
A school bus drives past a farm while picking up students on Dec. 18 in Newtown, Conn.
A school bus drives past a farm while picking up students on Dec. 18 in Newtown, Conn.Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images
Children return to school on Dec. 18 in Newtown, Conn. Children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary will attend a school in a neighboring town until authorities decide whether or not to reopen Sandy Hook.
Children return to school on Dec. 18 in Newtown, Conn. Children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary will attend a school in a neighboring town until authorities decide whether or not to reopen Sandy Hook.John Moore / Getty Images
Easton police officer J. Sollazzo greets staff, parents and students returning to Hawley Elementary School on Dec. 18, in Newtown, Conn.
Easton police officer J. Sollazzo greets staff, parents and students returning to Hawley Elementary School on Dec. 18, in Newtown, Conn.David Friedman / NBC News
Easton police officer J. Sollazzo greets parents and students returning to Hawley Elementary School on Dec. 18 in Newtown, Conn.
Easton police officer J. Sollazzo greets parents and students returning to Hawley Elementary School on Dec. 18 in Newtown, Conn.David Friedman / NBC News

By Tracy Connor and Alexandra Moe, NBC News

With heavy hearts and amid high security, thousands of children in Newtown, Conn., returned to school Tuesday for the first time since a gunman killed 20 students and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary.

It was a tiny glimmer of normalcy in a town that was also burying two more youngsters, but officials made it clear this will be no ordinary school day.

“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. Continue reading.

 

A student looks for a place to leave flowers at a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at the entrance of Newtown High School on Dec. 18 in Newtown, Conn.
A student looks for a place to leave flowers at a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at the entrance of Newtown High School on Dec. 18 in Newtown, Conn.Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images
A nation mourns after the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history at Sandy Hook Elementary, which left 20 children and six staff members dead.
A nation mourns after the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history at Sandy Hook Elementary, which left 20 children and six staff members dead.David Friedman / NBC News

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