Classes Resume at Sandy Hook

    A sign welcoming children from Sandy Hook Elementry school sits on the road in Monroe, Connecticut on January 3, 2013.  Students at the elementary school where a gunman massacred 26 children and teachers last month were returning Thursday to classes at an alternative campus described by police as "the safest school in America." Survivors were finally to start their new academic year in the nearby town of Monroe, where a disused middle school has been converted and renamed from its original Chalk Hill to Sandy Hook. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    With the same desks, artwork, and backpacks from Sandy Hook Elementary School, classes resumed for the students at a nearby elementary school, three weeks after a gunman killed 20 students and six children. Workers spent much of the past three weeks transforming the former Chalk Hill middle school—which had closed due to declining enrollment—into an elementary school, and parents and students were allowed to come tour the school on Wednesday. But despite the best effort to keep things the same, there were some major differences: police cars were parked at the local high school, and retired principal Donna Page returned to replace Dawn Hobsprung, who was killed when she tried to stop Adam Lanza from the rampage.

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