New Sandy Hook Elementary School to open more than 3 years after shooting massacre

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A New Sandy Hook School Will Open More Than 3 Years After the Massacre

Dozens of kindergarteners who survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre will return to their new school as fourth-graders.

After more than three years, the brand new Sandy Hook school is complete. The public got its first glimpse inside the nature-themed building on Friday.

It's built on the same grounds as the previous school but isn't in the same spot. The new building was constructed to look very different from the old one.

Security was a main priority in the design. Visitors have to pass through gates to get to the school. It has bullet-resistant windows, electronic doors that can be locked from the inside and a number of security cameras.

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The center courtyard of the newly constructed Sandy Hook Elementary School, built to replace the building torn down after a gunman shot dead 20 young children and six educators in a 2012 massacre, is pictured in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
The front of the newly constructed Sandy Hook Elementary School, built to replace the building torn down after a gunman shot dead 20 young children and six educators in a 2012 massacre, is pictured in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
Newtown Superintendent Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr. and First Selectman Pat Llodra (R) unveil the newly constructed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. July 29, 2016. The new school was built to replace the building torn down after a gunman shot dead 20 young children and six educators in a 2012 massacre. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
The gymnasium of the newly constructed Sandy Hook Elementary School is unveiled by officials in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. July 29, 2016. The school was built to replace the building torn down after a gunman shot dead 20 young children and six educators in a 2012 massacre. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
Sandy Hook and Newtown fridge magnets in a second grade classroom of the newly constructed Sandy Hook Elementary School, built to replace the building torn down after a gunman shot dead 20 young children and six educators in a 2012 massacre, are pictured in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
Officials unveil the newly constructed Sandy Hook Elementary School, including this second grade classroom, built to replace the building torn down after a gunman shot dead 20 young children and six educators in a 2012 massacre, in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
Student lockers and supplies in a second grade classroom of the newly constructed Sandy Hook Elementary School, built to replace the building torn down after a gunman shot dead 20 young children and six educators in a 2012 massacre, are pictured in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
The front of the newly constructed Sandy Hook Elementary School, built to replace the building torn down after a gunman shot dead 20 young children and six educators in a 2012 massacre, is pictured in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
Members of the media tour the newly constructed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. July 29, 2016. The new school was built to replace the building torn down after a gunman shot dead 20 young children and six educators in a 2012 massacre. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin Ã
The sign for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School at the end of the drive leading to the school is pictured in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. July 29, 2016. The officials unveiled the newly constructed school, built to replace the building torn down after a gunman shot dead 20 young children and six educators in a 2012 massacre. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
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But the security doesn't appear to detract from the welcoming appearance of the school.

"The intent of this building is to offer a warm and comfortable environment for students," said Dr. John Erardi, Newtown School District superintendent.

Students have been attending school in a nearby town since the December 2012 massacre.

A gunman forced his way into the school and killed 20 children and six staff members. The school was demolished after the tragedy.

There's no memorial on the property. The town decided it would be inappropriate for that location, so they plan to build a memorial somewhere else.

This video includes clips from WTNH, WFSB, WABC and ABC and images from Getty Images.

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