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Newtown Children Return To School

A young girl waves as her school bus pulls into Hawley School today in Newtown, Conn. Classes resumed Tuesday for Newtown, schools except those at Sandy Hook, following Friday's mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Buses ferrying students to schools were festooned with large green and white ribbons on the front grills, the colors of Sandy Hook. At Newtown High School, students in sweatshirts and jackets, many wearing headphones, betrayed mixed emotions. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Hearts were heavy and security was tight as thousands of children in Newtown, Conn., returned to school Tuesday for the first time since a gunman killed 20 students and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary. It was a tiny glimmer of normalcy in a town that was also burying two more youngsters, but officials made it clear this was no ordinary school day. “This is a day to start healing,” Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais wrote in an e-mail to parents before six schools opened two hours later than usual, with police officers and counselors on hand/Tracy Connor & Alexadra Moe, U.S. News & World Report. More here.

Question: Could you send your children back to school today, if you were a parent in Newtown, Conn?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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