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BC Students Injured In Acid Attack In France


The four Americans who were injured by acid in an incident in Marseille, France are all Boston College students, the school confirmed.

The university said the four students were sprayed in the face with acid outside the Marseille-St. Charles train station Sunday morning.

A 41-year-old French woman was arrested by police in connection with the incident. Police said they do not believe the attack is related to terrorism and described the woman as “disturbed.”

The students, identified as BC juniors Courtney Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman, Michelle Krug and Kelsey Kortsen were treated for the burns in a hospital in Marseille and were released.

“It appears that the students are fine, considering the circumstances, though they may require additional treatment for burns,” said Nick Gozik, who directs BC’s Office of International Programs. “We have been in contact with the students and their parents and remain in touch with French officials and the U.S. Embassy regarding the incident.”

Three of the students are enrolled in BC’s Paris program. Korsten is a enrolled as a student at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.