Four Boston College students were attacked with acid at a Marseilles train station on Sunday.
According to a spokeswoman for the Prefecture of Police of Bouches-du-Rhône, all four victims were women in their early 20s and two of them were taken to a hospital and two were in shock.
Boston College confirmed on Sunday in a statement that the women were students studying abroad. Three of the students were identified as Courtney Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman and Michelle Krug, all juniors who are studying in Paris. The fourth student, Kelsey Kosten, is a junior studying at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.
Two of the students were treated for burns at the hospital and the other two were treated for shock at the scene. All four students have since been released.
Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn told ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston on Sunday evening, “All of us at [Boston College] are surprised. We’ve been sending students to Europe for decades and have a dozen students in France this semester.”
The school said in a statement Monday that the students “are doing well.”
“The students say they plan to remain in Europe for their studies and offered forgiveness to the woman who sprayed them with an acid solution outside of the train station in Marseille,” BC said.
Dunn said in the statement, “We are very proud of our students and the gracious manner in which they have handled themselves throughout this ordeal.”
“The BC community is here to provide whatever support and assistance they need,” Dunn added.
Police said the unidentified attacker, a 41-year-old woman who is mentally unstable, was arrested and hospitalized.
Boston College says all four students plan to stay in Europe to complete their abroad programs. Authorities added there’s no indication of whether the attack was terror-related.
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