New School Readied for Newtown Survivors

After massacre, Sandy Hook may never reopen

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 17, 2012 1:59 AM CST

(Newser) – The sound of kids' voices may never again fill the halls of the Sandy Hook Elementary School where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults, USA Today reports. Work crews are fixing up an unused school some 15 minutes away and it will be ready for Sandy Hook's 450 students by Wednesday, though it's not clear when they will resume classes. Students at other public schools in Newtown will be back at school tomorrow.

Police will be stationed at the former Chalk Hill Middle School when it does reopen, and the news media will be banned apart from a single camera crew allowed to take video but not to interview students. "We don't want to disrupt the students any more than they have been," a police spokesman says, adding that police have received a flood of phone calls from people offering to help get the school building ready. "We're a small community. We help each other," he says.

White balloons decorate the sign for the Sandy Hook Elementary School as a Connecticut State Trooper stands guard.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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