HEADLINE: Bittersweet beginning for Va. Tech students
CAPTION: Four months after the horrific shootings at Virginia Tech that killed 32 students, a new school year is beginning. Officials are working overtime to make sure students feel safe. (Aug. 20) 2007
VIRGINIA TECH'S CAMPUS IS BUSTLING WITH STUDENTS ON THEIR WAY TO CLASS.
Gavin McDuff/ Soph student
It was good to go home and see our families but campus the best place to be at right now.
IT'S BEEN FOUR MONTHS SINCE 32 PEOPLE WERE MURDERED.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THIS UNIVERSITY IS BACK TO FULL SPEED WITH 26,000 STUDENTS ON CAMPUS.
David Quarshia/Freshman student
The community and this place is real nice so it feels real good to go to class right now with these people because they are real nice people.
THESE ENGINERING SCIENCE AND MECHANICS PH.D STUDENTS WERE THE FIRST PEOPLE BACK INSIDE NORRIS HALL WHEN IT RE-OPENED.
THEY ARE WORKING ON PR OJECTS RANGING FROM TURNING WASTE WATER INTO ELECTRICITY TO FINDING A MATERIAL TO STORE HYDROGEN IN CARBON NANO-TUBES SO IT CAN BE USED AS A FUEL.
Sayean Naha/ Ph. D. student
Normally before April 16th happened there was always people, students walking in and staff here. So, it felt kind of different I must say. A little uncomfortable."
DR. ISHWAR PURI HEARD EVERY SHOT SEUNG-HUI-CHO FIRED INSIDE NORRIS HALL.
PURI'S OFFICE IS JUST FEET AWAY FROM WHERE 30 STUDENTS AND FACULTY DIED.
Dr. Ishwar Puri/Dept. Head College Engineering Science and Mechanics
"There are some who are deeply affected, for them there are anxieties about working in Norris Hall."
MARK CARLSON/STAND UP
DR. PURI SAID IN HIS DEPARTMENT ONLY TWO STUDENTS HAVE REQUESTED TO NOT HAVE TO COME BACK TO NORRIS HALL…AND THAT'S OUT OF APPROXIMATELY 3,000.
UP NEXT FOR THIS CAMPUS IS TO FIND OUT WHAT DETAILS EMERGE FROM THE INVESTIGATION LEAD BY A PANEL APPOINTED BY THE VIRGINIA GOVERNOR.
BUT NOT EVERYONE HERE IS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS FROM THAT FATEFUL DAY…SOME JUST WANT TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD.