MONROE, Conn. (ABC) — Thursday marks a new beginning for students who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Students arrived by bus at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School to face what turned out to be a very ordinary day.
Police termed it mundane, with nothing to report – exactly what they wanted as the children and teachers came together for the first time since the December 14 shootings in Newtown.
“Most of the kids were excited. They were anxious to get in. The teachers had the same response. They were all glad to see them all together,” says Monroe Police Lt. Keith White.
Police held a meeting with parents to talk about security. They call the new school, located in nearby Monroe, the safest school in the country.
“Parents were concerned about security. Board wanted to address their concerns. They were satisfied with the answers they received,” White adds.
What police won’t address are the exact security measures they’ve taken.
Administrators have shared more about what’s inside the building, including replicas of their old classrooms and decorations sent from all over the world to comfort the children.
First grader Lauren Milgram had some extra company to help her through what administrators are calling “Opening Day.”
She’s in Kaitlyn Roig’s first grade class. The teacher hailed as a hero for hiding her students when gunman, Adam Lanza, burst into the school.
This morning, Lauren’s mom followed the bus to school and spent the day there.
“I haven’t gotten that far yet, about not being with them. I just need to stay with them for a while.”
Police say there were therapy dogs inside the school, as well as counselors, and there was a familiar face – Shelley the Turtle, the school’s mascot who also helped welcome back the students.