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New Sandy Hook Elementary School Set To Open 4 Years After Deadly Shooting

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Nearly 4 years after a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children and 6 adults, the newly-built school has finally been opened to the public. Keep reading for more details!

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Almost four years after the deadly Sandy Hook shooting rocked our nation, officials have opened the doors of the newly-built elementary school.

On Friday, Newtown residents were invited to visit the 86,000-square-foot elementary school, which is expected to open for students next month.

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The original school was torn down in 2013, one year after a crazed gunman stormed the building, executing 20 first-graders and 6 adults.

To this day, the Sandy Hook massacre is one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern American history.

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After the horrific shooting, the town was given a $50 million grant to build the new school, which is located on the same property as the original structure.

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"Our goal was to create a place of community and learning, a place that would honor those we lost and allow those who were left behind the chance to move forward," First Selectman Patricia Llodra said in a statement, according to The Hartford Courant.

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While the media was invited to check out the school in the morning on Friday, residents were asked to come later for a more personal tour.

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"The transition to the new school needs to be as seamless as possible for the children," Superintendent Joseph Erardi said in a statement, according to the Courant. "That is why we are setting up this day; and therefore, asking everyone to give us the space we need to allow high quality teaching and learning when we return for our first day of school."

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According to the Associated Press, the new school has video monitoring, an elevated ground floor, and impact-resistant windows.

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Nearly 400 students are expected to enroll in the fall, 70 of them being children who attended the original school at the time of the deadly shooting four years ago.

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