Sandy Hook Students Being Relocated to Neighboring School After Shooting

Monday, 17 Dec 2012 10:34 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Students at Sandy Hook Elementary School will not be returning to the building in Newtown, Conn., where Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed 26 people, 20 of them children, before taking his own life.

The 400-plus pupils will be relocated to the former Chalk Hill Middle School in the neighboring town of Monroe, according to officials.

Work crews were at the Chalk Hill School on Sunday to prepare it for the arrival of the Sandy Hook students, though no date has been set on when the students will return to classes, said Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley.

Police will be present at the reopening of the Chalk Hill School, which is situated at the end of a winding road in close proximity to a new middle school and elementary school.

According to Newtown officials, the two-story building, which was vacated by students in 2011 and has since used for municipal offices and a daycare center, is "in very good condition," and will be able to house all of Sandy Hook Elementary's students.

"It is important that the Sandy Hook students get back to school quickly in an environment that is familiar and safe," James Agostine, the school superintendent in Monroe, said in a statement over the weekend.

In light of Friday's tragedy, the Newtown and Monroe districts agreed to share the Chalk Hill School for an indefinite period of time.

Newtown Police Lt. George Sinko said at a news conference on Sunday that he doubted students would ever attend Sandy Hook again.

The six other public schools that comprise the Newtown School District, with approximately 4,700 students in total, are scheduled to reopen Tuesday.

In addition to a heavy police presence at Chalk Hill School when former Sandy Hook students arrive, one camera crew will be permitted to film the return of the students. News media involved have been told not to conduct interviews with parents as they arrive. No other media outlets will be allowed near the school, said McCauley, adding "We don't want to disrupt the students any more than they have been."

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