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One week later, back to class

Virginia Tech students and faculty returned to class Monday, just one week after the deadliest school shooting in American history, which left 33 people dead.

At around 7:15 a.m., a moment of silence was observed near the dormitory where the first two victims were killed.

At around 9:45 a.m., a bell located on the center of campus rang every 22 seconds, along with 10 (MSNBC said it was 11 minutes) minutes of silence to honor the victims. 32 white balloons were released as well, representing those who died, and another 1,000 school color balloons were released as well.

It is interesting to note that MSNBC.com said there were 33 balloons, while CNN.com said there were 32.

MSNBC reported that another group of students placed 33 white prayer flags in the school’s War Memorial Chapel, once again honoring the victims of the attack.

MSNBC also said as the students and faculty returned their classes, chants of “Let’s Go Hokies? could be heard on campus.

CNN.com reported that there was an increased police presence on campus, although “not overly dramatic.? CNN also reported that mental health professionals and volunteers wore purple arm bands, along with faculty, staff and students who wore yellow arm bands in honor of the victims.

Family members also held funerals on Monday for some of the victims, CNN.com said.

CNN said that Virginia Tech students have the option of not returning to class for the remainder of the semester. There are no official numbers relating to how many are returning and how many will not return, CNN said. MSNBC emphasized most would stay and do their mourning on campus, highlighting what has been a week of togetherness, unity and community on the VT campus.

Also on Monday, eBay said the gunman did not purchase ammunition used in the attack on the auction site, despite previously published reports, both news wires said.

A statement issued Sunday by VT’s Student Government asked the news media to “respect the privacy of the students and leave by the time classes resume.?