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Local VT Student Refuses to Let Tragedy Affect Him

Most students at Virginia Tech are getting away from campus for a few days after Monday's rampage, but one student with Triangle ties says he has a good reason to stay.

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BLACKSBURG, VA — 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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