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Demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School begins ten months after massacre

Aerial view of the demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. CBS affiliate WFSB

(CBS/AP) NEWTOWN, Conn. - The top elected official in Newtown says workers have begun demolishing the elementary school where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults.

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First Selectman Pat Llodra says small-scale demolition is underway at the Sandy Hook Elementary School building and the project will take several weeks.

"The process of demolition is incremental, staged precisely, and executed carefully. There is no 'wrecking ball' action; it is rather a piece by piece, section by section removal," Llodra said in a statement Thursday.

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The gunman, Adam Lanza, killed his mother at home before going to the school Dec. 14, 2012. He committed suicide as police arrived.

CBS New York reports a task force of 28 Newtown elected officials voted in May to demolish the school and build a new one.

Newtown has accepted a $50 million state grant to raze the building and build a new school, expected to open by December 2016. Students have been attending classes in a neighboring town.

Contractors are being asked to destroy materials to eliminate nearly every trace of the building. They were also required to sign confidentiality agreements that ban them from publicly discussing the site and the building.

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