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New River Community College classes resume days after shooting

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CHRISTIANSBURG, VA -

It was a room full of hugs and tears, as students returned to class at both campuses of New River Community College, less than a week removed from a shooting that left a student and college employee wounded at the New River Valley mall campus.

"It'll be a little bit different. I was actually at the mall yesterday and going through there seeing a little extra security makes you feel a little bit safer," said Ben Thomas, a student.

The college held a pair of gatherings at the main campus in Dublin, and the scene of the crime in Christiansburg

"We knew there had to be a transition time and as you know we canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday, but we do need to get back in and finish our semester. The experts tell us that having students and others get together is a good healing process," said Mark Rowh, with NRCC.

Many of the students we spoke with go back and forth between the main campus in Dublin, and the satellite annex here in Christiansburg. Despite what happened on Friday, both are places that these students say they still feel safe as they hit the books just weeks away from the end of the spring semester.

"I'm comfortable with it, I feel safe. They are offering us lots of counseling," said one student.

"Earlier in class today, one of my teachers was talking about , it could have been a lot worse and of course it could have been, but thank God it wasn't," said Thomas.

It was a feeling echoed on both campuses about a tragedy linking for life both students and teachers.

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