Students return to new school at Sandy Hook shooting site

FILE - In this July 29, 2016 file photo, people attend an open house at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Students attended the first day of classes there on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. The new building replaced the one that was demolished where 20 first graders and six educators were shot and killed in December 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — About 400 elementary school students have returned to Sandy Hook for the first time since a 2012 shooting there that took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators.

A new 86,000-square-foot school opened Monday. It replaces the one torn down after the shooting.

The $50 million replacement 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 say about 35 of them were in the building at the time, but none witnessed the shootings. Those students are now fourth-graders.

The students were sent to a school in neighboring Monroe that was set up for them after the shooting.

 

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