New Sandy Hook welcomes students for 1st time since rampage

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In this July 29, 2016 file photo, people attend an open house at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — About 400 elementary school students are attending school in Sandy Hook for the first time since a shooting rampage there killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

A new 86,000-square-foot school opened Monday in Newtown, Connecticut. It replaces the one torn down after the 2012 shooting.

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In this July 29, 2016 file photo, painted hand prints with names of teachers and students are on a playground bench at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The names on the bench are not those of people killed in the 2012 massacre at the school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The $50 million replacement was built on the same property, but not in the old footprint.

About 70 current Sandy Hook students attended the old school when the shooting occurred. School officials say about 35 of them were in the building at the time, but none witnessed the shootings. Those students are now fourth graders.

FILE - This Dec. 14, 2012 aerial file photo shows officials standing outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)
FILE – This Dec. 14, 2012 aerial file photo shows officials standing outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)

After the shooting, the students were sent to a school in neighboring Monroe.

The gunman killed his mother before driving to the school, where he killed himself as police arrived.

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