Local woman among acid attack victims in France

Jerome Frank
September 20, 2017

Boston College in the statement said all the students plan to continue studying overseas in Europe, "and offered forgiveness to the woman who sprayed them with an acid solution".

The students were identified as Courtney Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman and Michelle Krug, who are enrolled in Boston College's Paris program, and Kelsey Kosten, who is studying at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

The woman threw a weak hydrochloric solution on the students in the city's train station and though it was not a very strong solution, the acid got into the eyes of two of the students.

Boston College, a private Jesuit university in MA, said in a statement Sunday that the four female students were treated at a hospital for burns after they were sprayed in the face with acid in the city of Marseille.

The four women were briefly hospitalized and treated for burns and have since been released. The attack is not believed to be terror-related, but it is still being investigated.

They are all juniors at Boston College and had been studying overseas at the time of the attack. "We were all treated at a local hospital and are anticipating a quick recovery", the post read. Like Krug, she also expressed sympathy for her accused attacker.

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'As obviously traumatic as it must have been, she made it known to me personally as well as publicly on her Facebook that she is actively praying for the attacker to be healed of her mental illness.

"I did not receive any injuries from the attack in Marseille this morning and we are all safe", she wrote. Spokesperson Jack Dunn says it's the first time students were attacked while taking classes in different countries, and that school leaders won't be making any new safety recommendations because this is considered an isolated incident.

La Provence, a newspaper in Marseille, reported the woman remained at the scene to show officers pictures of herself with burns.

The four women are juniors at Boston College studying overseas. The intention of an acid attack is to blind, maim, disfigure, torture, or even kill the victim. One of the students said on her Facebook page that they were all OK and that the help given by the U.S. Consulate and French police was wonderful.

Since there is no terrorism involve on the said attack, the authorities already caught the suspect.

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