It took workers just a few minutes to tear down the one-room Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania where a gunman shot five girls to death last week and wounded five others.
An excavator began removing the porch of the school under the glare of construction lights about 4:45 a.m. Thursday. Heavy equipment knocked down the bell tower and toppled the walls. The debris will be hauled to a landfill.
The Amish hope to bring some closure to the tragedy by demolishing the schoolhouse and leaving in its place a quiet pasture planted with grass.
Classes are resuming this week at a makeshift schoolhouse in a garage on an Amish farm in the Nickel Mines area.
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