Survivors of Connecticut school shooting return to class

Children who survived a gunman's rampage at a Connecticut school begin classes again today at a repurposed school in the neighbouring town of Monroe.

The students' desks have been taken along with backpacks and other belongings left in the chaos after the shooting on 14 December. Families have been coming in to see the new school, and an open house took place today.

An army of workers has been getting the former middle school ready, painting, moving furniture and even raising the floors in the toilets so the smaller elementary school students can reach them.

But it won't be easy – for the parents or for the children, who heard the shots that killed 20 of their classmates and six teachers.

"I'm nervous about it," said David Connors, father of eight-year-old triplets who have had nightmares. "It's uncharted waters for us. I know it's going to be difficult."