Fall Classes Begin At Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Fall semester classes got under way at Virginia Tech today.

Students are back in class, four months after a student gunman killed 32 students and faculty, then turned the gun on himself in a classroom building.

Five Tech students are hospitalized after being found unconscious in their Blacksburg apartment yesterday. Police say the five women — all 19 — suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty water heater in their apartment complex. Two of the women were in critical condition this morning at the University of Virginia Medical Center, while the other three were in stable condition at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

But other students at Virginia Tech were hustling off to their classes by 8 a.m., many snacking and hauling backpacks.

Matt Rebholz of Pittsburgh ate a granola bar as he headed to class. He said the shootings had brought students closer.

Rebholz, a sophomore electrical engineering student, says there's “a lot more of a family atmosphere” at Virginia Tech. Sophomore Zachary Baker of Richmond says it feels good to be back at school. He calls it “as normal as it can be.”

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