Kids Go Back to School in Newtown for the First Time Since Friday’s Shootings
P.J. Hickey was ready to go back to school Tuesday morning.
“This is where I feel the most at home,” said P.J., a senior at Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut, in an interview with the Associated Press. “I feel safer here than anywhere else in the world.”
P.J. has statistics to back him up.
According to security experts, you are safer at school than you are anywhere else.
Friday’s deadly shootings at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School have left people there – and across the country — saddened and shaken.
But most of the city’s schools reopened on Tuesday for the first time since the killings.
And most kids there headed back to class.
“This is reality — and something we’re going to have to deal with,” said 14-year-old Jamie Calandro, a Newtown High freshman, in an interview with Reuters news service.
Sandy Hook Elementary remained closed Tuesday.
And it might never reopen.
On Friday, a gunman broke into the school and killed 26 people – 20 first graders and six grownups – after killing his own mother.
He then killed himself as police were arriving.
As of Tuesday morning, there was no word on when Sandy Hook students would return to class.
But when they do, they’ll attend a different school – Chalk Hill School in neighboring Monroe, Connecticut.
The Hartford Courant reported that Newtown’s Head O’Meadow Elementary School also remained closed Tuesday for “precautionary reasons,” according to the police.
There was no word on what those reasons were.
Otherwise, Newtown school officials made every effort on Tuesday to get things back to normal – or as close as possible.
“We are ready to open our doors and give them everything they need to feel safe,” said Julie Shull, a teacher at Reed Intermediate School, in an interview with Reuters.
Newtown High sophomore Tate Schwab told reporters he was ready to return.
“It’s definitely better than just sitting at home watching the news,” he said, according to the Associated Press.
Jamie Calandro was ready as well.
“Right now, with Christmas coming up,” she told Reuters, “it’s most important to make the homey feel of Newtown come back.”