Pupils return to schools



Newtown: The schools of Newtown, which stood empty in the wake of a shooting rampage that took 26 of their own, will again ring with the sounds of students and teachers yesterday as the bucolic Connecticut town struggles to return to normal.

But among the normal sounds of a school day teachers reading to children, the scratch of pencil on paper students will hear new ones, including the murmur of grief counsellors and the footsteps of police officers.

Four days after 20-year-old Adam Lanza strode into Sandy Hook Elementary school and gunned down a score of 6- and 7-year-olds, in addition to six faculty and staff, that school will remain closed.

Active crime scene
It is an active crime scene, with police coming and going past a line of 26 Christmas trees that visitors have decorated with ornaments, stuffed animals and balloons in the school colors of green and white as a memorial to the victims.

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