Workers have begun to tear down the Dunblane primary school gym, where gunman Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and their teacher.
The demolition is expected to take several days but will be finished before pupils of the school return from their Easter vacation.
Residents of the Scottish town hope that with the demolition of the gym, the community can make a new beginning.
This is a sight many people have been wanting to see since March 13.
The demolition of the gymnasium at Dunblane Primary School, where lone gunman Thomas Hamilton shot 16 pupils and their teacher, finally began on Wednesday.
Relatives of the victims, the people of Dunblane and many others had called for the site of the terrible killings to be demolished.
The decision to raze the gym was taken last week - the demolition will take until the end of the week.
The gym has to be dismantled carefully so as not to damage other parts of the school.
But by Monday, when students and teachers return from their Easter holidays, there will be no trace left of the building.
No decision has been made yet about a replacement for the single-story modern structure.
For the time being, a garden of spring flowers will be planted on the site.
The people of Dunblane hope that this destruction will help them to overcome their grief and to make a new beginning.
A local minister described the feeling of the community.
"A kind of silent approval, a sense that people are able to start again, things are moving forward for us. And I've even heard people saying that it's a sign that the evil that came that day is being swept away. I suppose, if you want it in biblical terms, the darkness hasn't overcome us and people will start to live again."
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People on the streets of Dunblane were glad to see the building go.
"I think it's quite good that they are tearing it down, obviously for the children, it will be a sad reminder. I don't know what they should replace it with at the moment."
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On that fateful March 13, this class of five and six year olds was assembling for gym class when Hamilton entered the gymnasium.
Firing at random, he killed 16 of the children and teacher Gwenne Mayor before killing himself.
Residents of the close-knit community of Dunblane, and with it people around the world, were in shock after the disaster.
And as Dunblane is still trying to come to terms with what happened here, many hope that the healing process has now begun.