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Most Newtown Students Return To School Today
For many kids in Newtown, Conn., life will move on today as school starts back up – but with one exception, the students of Sandy Hook Elementary.
Kenneth Canfield is a fourth grader at Sandy Hook. He was there Friday when Adam Lanza opened fire, killing 26 people.
"He heard screaming and gunshots and the room that he was in being banged on by the gunman," mother Erica Canfield said.
Kenneth and his classmates won't be returning to Sandy Hook when they do go back. They will attend Chalk Hill School in nearby Monroe. But even with new surroundings, some of the kids are still worried.
"He said that he wouldn't feel safe going back unless there is a cop at every door," Canfield said.
For the people of Newtown, the grieving continues. There are two more funerals today when James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos are laid to rest.
The first two funerals were held Monday when six-year-olds Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto were remembered.
"You shouldn't be at a six-year-old's funeral. This is a devastating event. And as heartbreaking as it is, it just keeps getting more heartbreaking," Audrey Petschek, who attended one of the funerals, said.
Noah Pozner was described as smart, caring and rambunctious.
Jack Pinto loved the New York Giants. He was buried in the jersey of his favorite player, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.
"There were little stories about Jack being up in heaven and throwing footballs, knocking halos off angels' heads. Everyone got a chuckle at that," mourner Jerry Reinholz said.
Honan Funeral Home in Newtown will hold 11 funerals between now and Christmas.
Newtown school officials have set up grief counselors for students still dealing with the tragedy.