Va Tech cancels classes on shootings' anniversary

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Classes won't be held on the April 16 anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings until 2012.

The Blacksburg school says the move was recommended by the University Steering Committee.

Senior vice president and provost Mark McNamee said the decision was "both complex and very emotional."

McNamee says school officials recognize that holding classes on April 16 is a way to honor the victims. But he says many people aren't ready for classes to resume on the anniversary.

He says school officials believe it's best to have a gradual transition to a regular class schedule, which will resume on April 16, 2012.

Thirty-three people, including the gunman, died in the April 16, 2007 shootings.

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