New school for Newtown students renamed Sandy Hook

New school for Newtown students renamed Sandy Hook

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NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 16: Twenty seven wooden stand in a yard down the street from the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza, found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 2 at 6:00 PM

MONROE, Conn. (AP) — Sandy Hook Elementary School parent Vinny Alvarez says he took advantage of an open house at his daughter's new school to thank a teacher who helped protect her class from a rampaging gunman.

Alvarez says the teacher, Courtney Martin, locked her classroom door and kept the children in a corner until it was safe to leave the building.

He was visiting the school in the neighboring town of Monroe, Conn., where Sandy Hook children are resuming classes Thursday for the first time since the Dec. 14 shooting that left 20 children and six educators dead.

Newtown Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson announced that the Sandy Hook staff decided that the students' new school, the former Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, would be renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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