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Young Newtown shooting survivors back in class

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Andrew Paley Andrew Paley
NEWTOWN -

Students who survived the deadly school shooting in Connecticut are back in class for the first time since the massacre. The children are in a refurbished school in a nearby town, while their own school remains closed.

Ribbons and posters lined the roadway as buses rolled from Newtown to the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"It is certainly a lot different, so it's kind of mixed emotions," said Andrew Paley, parent.

Emotions are still raw nearly three weeks after the attack that left 20 first graders and six staff members dead.

"It's hard to imagine the kids being there, but also the teachers being there in that incident, what that's doing to them psychologically," said Paley.

Counselors are on the new campus and will be there for as long as needed, along with a heavy and highly visible police presence.

"The Monroe Police have worked very diligently with the Newtown Police so that we can all feel very comfortable and secure," said Superintendent Janet Robinson, Newtown Schools.

Security administrators are also trying to provide reassurance by making the new classrooms as similar to those at Sandy Hook as possible, moving in desks and equipment from their old school - even putting book bags and jackets in the same places they were the day of the tragedy.

"They've done a good job at trying to make it as comfortable as possible for the kids," said Paley.

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