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January 18th, 2013
09:33 AM ET

Newtown school superintendent discusses the children's return to school

After being relocated to a new building, the children of Sandy Hook elementary school have been back in class for the past eleven days.

Teachers have been trying to make the new location feel as familiar as possible, bringing in belongings that the children left behind when they fled the scene of the mass shooting on December 14th.

"By and large, we are doing everything we can to supply normalcy to their lives," Newtown Superintendent Janet Robinson says on Starting Point this morning. "I think it's a good thing to have the kids back in school. They like the routine and the structure."

Robinson says that there will be "community action to determine what the public community wants to do with the Sandy Hook school."

"It's been there for fifty years and it's become a part of the fabric of our community," Robinson explains.

The Superintendent has been working to make sure that what happens in Newtown never happens again, and she took her message to Washington this week.

Testifying before a Congressional hearing on gun violence, Robinson read a letter from a Sandy Hook fourth grader, who argues for a ban on semi-automatic and large capacity magazines "to help prevent individuals, families and communities from suffering the way we are now in Newtown."

"We want to be able to guarantee that children are safe when they get on the bus and come to school," Robinson says. "We want support in terms of knowing that we aren't going to have intruders that will infringe upon [the kids'] safety."

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