Tuesday 27 September 2016

New school opens at site of Sandy Hook shooting rampage

Published 29/08/2016 | 20:01

The new Sandy Hook Elementary School (AP)
The new Sandy Hook Elementary School (AP)

About 400 pupils are attending school in Sandy Hook for the first time since a shooting rampage in the US village left 20 students and six members of staff dead.

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A new school opened on Monday in Newtown, Connecticut. It replaces the one torn down after the 2012 shooting.

The replacement school was built on the same property, but not in the old footprint.

About 70 current Sandy Hook students attended the old school when the shooting occurred.

School officials said about 35 of them were in the building at the time, but none witnessed the shootings.

After the shooting, the students were sent to a school in neighbouring Monroe.

The gunman killed his mother before driving to the school, where he killed himself as police arrived.

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