Va. Tech marking 5 years since campus massacre

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Students were headed to class Monday at Virginia Tech, the first year the school hasn’t suspended instruction to mark the anniversary of a 2007 rampage that left 32 people and the gunman dead.

 

At 9:43 a.m. Monday — the time when gunman Seung-Hui Cho began killing 30 students and professors at Norris Hall — McDonnell was calling for a moment of silence in Virginia. The Capitol Square Bell Tower in Richmond will then toll for each victim.

On campus, events will also include a community picnic on the Drillfield, a display of memorial items sent to Virginia Tech from other colleges and universities and performances. Several locations have been set aside on campus as “quiet places for reflection.”

 

At Norris Hall, where Cho also killed himself, an open house was scheduled. The former classroom building is now home to the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention.

The center was established after the killings at Norris Hall in 2009 “to transform a place of pain, suffering and violence that can prevent future violence,” director James Hawdon said. The center promotes student volunteerism and “nonviolent compassionate communication” techniques, he said.

 

The center was established after the killings at Norris Hall in 2009 “to transform a place of pain, suffering and violence that can prevent future violence,” director James Hawdon said. The center promotes student volunteerism and “nonviolent compassionate communication” techniques, he said.