Connecticut school likely closed for months

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say the Connecticut elementary school where a gunman shot to death 26 people will be closed indefinitely while the crime is investigated.

State police Lt. Paul Vance said Monday at a news conference that it could be months before police turn the school in Newtown, Conn., back over to the district.

Police say other schools in Newtown will reopen Tuesday. The children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, where the shootings took place Friday, are expected to go to classes at a different school, but police say they won't be going to classes yet.

Authorities say 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot to death 26 people at Sandy Hook on Friday, including 20 children, then killed himself. The first funerals are planned today for two of the children who were killed -- six-year-olds Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner. Others are scheduled for later in the week.

A spokesman for Western Connecticut State University says the man identified as the gunman took college classes when he was only 16.

Paul Steinmetz, spokesman for the Danbury school, confirmed Monday that Adam Lanza earned a 3.26 grade point average while a student there. He dropped out of a German language class and withdrew from a computer science class, but earned an A in a computer class, A-minus in American history and B in macroeconomics.

Steinmetz says Lanza was among a small group of 16-year-olds among the school's 5,000 undergraduates.

The Hartford Courant and The Wall Street Journal first reported Lanza's academic record at Western Connecticut State.

Steinmetz says Lanza took his last class in the summer of 2009 and didn't return.


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