Newtown Students Head Back to School

First start of new school year since shootings


NEWTOWN, CONN. — With emotions mixed, families sent their children to seven public schools for the start of the new school year today — nearly nine months after 26 people were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Heavy nighttime rains ceased before the school day began, and bus after bus filled with students arrived at the schools, which have a total enrollment of about 5,000.

Police and security personnel were stationed at four elementary schools and the intermediate, middle and high schools.