AEST 00:00, Fri Jan 4 2013
Hundreds of US primary school children who survived the gun massacre of 20 of their schoolmates and six staff have returned to class at a new, heavily-guarded building.
The late start to the academic year was a turning point for survivors of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which has been closed since the December 14 bloodbath.
Teachers did everything possible to transform the alternate building in the nearby town of Monroe into what Newtown schools superintendent Janet Robinson called "a very cheerful elementary school".
Sandy Hook Elementary students leave on a school bus in Newtown.