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Local VT Student Refuses to Let Tragedy Affect Him

Posted April 18, 2007

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— With classes canceled at Virginia Tech until Monday, many took the opportunity to visit loved ones, but a student from Chapel Hill found a reason to stay.

Thomas Clapp could leave, but he has decided not to go back to Chapel Hill. He said it is out of respect for a fellow student who died in Monday's shooting.

"We lost a cadet, so I felt one way to honor him would be to fly the colors that he planned on serving when he graduated—to fly the American flag," he said.

Clapp, a member of the color guard, said he still wants the flag in front of his dorm to stay at half staff. But in order to do that, some students have to stay behind.

Clapp said he plans to use his time on campus to rest and to reflect on the events of the past few days.


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  • AFLOWERS Apr 19, 2007

    illegals_go_home -

    I totally agree with your comments. I could not have said it better myself !!!!!

  • just my2cents Apr 19, 2007

    One good dad, I usually think similarly to you (giong by your posts), but what does the fact that he looks korean have to do with anything? Jeffrey Dahmer looked white, so do I, I am not a murderer, nor a carnivore.
    Being the aunt of a VT student, this hit home for me. I commend these students for pulling together. SOme felt the need to go home to be near loved ones to help them cope, some felt the need to stay with others who could not get home. Either way, they are together in thoughts and prayer.

  • One Good Dad Apr 19, 2007

    He looks Korean

  • At Work Apr 18, 2007

    God bless everyone there either hurt or not this will be on our minds for a very long time but yet theres forever!!

  • illegals--GO HOME Apr 18, 2007

    Here is an example of a young man with character, respect for others, and a true sense of what right and wrong are.....I commend him for honoring his friend.

    If all families taught more core values at home, maybe we wouldn't have so many violent episodes in our world. There will always be the abnormal one who, no matter what he is taught will act out, but alot of families are not taking the time to teach respect for others and their property and rights. My prayers and best wishes go out to all the families involved in this great tragedy and may you find strength in the comfort of others during these hard days........people do genuinely care ! !

  • SOCLOSE Apr 18, 2007

    Mr. Clapp has found a way to cope with his friend's death, and I commend him for what he's doing. I also pray that he can reach out for help when the time comes.

  • lollly52 Apr 18, 2007

    Heroes are hard to find. I call this courage - not denial. Tears for fears have their place, too, as you suggest. I am a crime victim - taking back control is important, too - I know.

  • ladyblue Apr 18, 2007

    I hope this young man will also have someone to talk with or even professionally while staying behind. He may not realize it but he's still got a lot of issues to deal with and he may need a little help. I hope he'll seek it later if he feels it's overwhelming him.