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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 08:17 AM

Students nervously return to school after shooting

MIAMI (AP) By the time Richard Cantlupe received the news of the Connecticut school shooting that left 20 children dead, his students had already gone home for the weekend.

And so the American history teacher at Westglades Middle School in Parkland, Fla., was bracing himself for an onslaught of painful, often unanswerable questions when they returned to class Monday. "It's going to be a tough day," he said. "This was like our 9/11 for school teachers."

Cantlupe, whose school is about 50 miles north of Miami, and teachers and parents across the country were wrestling with how best to quell children's fears about returning to school for the first time since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

School administrators have pledged to add police patrols, review security plans and make guidance counselors available.


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