The Straits Times
Published on Dec 18, 2012

School restarts in Newtown, but not for survivors


NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AFP) - Most children in Newtown returned to classes on Tuesday for the first time since last week's massacre, but survivors of the shooting stayed at home and their school remained a crime scene.

In a thin drizzle, yellow school buses once again rolled through the Connecticut town, where some 5,400 children are enrolled.

But it was only a babystep back toward normality in a town that had been known for low crime and a tight sense of community until Friday, when a disturbed 20-year-old local man mowed down his mother, then 20 first-graders and six staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Classes began with up to two hours delay and extra security was posted outside buildings, with a squad car at Newtown Middle School and lines of yellow police tape keeping away journalists at Saint Rose Elementary.