4 Americans Hurt in France Acid Attack Attend Boston College

College says they're fine, 'considering the circumstances'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2017 4:50 AM CDT
Americans Injured in France Acid Attack Attend Boston College
This image taken from video shows passengers inside the Marseille Saint-Charles railway station in Marseille, France, on Sunday.   (AP Photo)

The four young American women sprayed in the face with acid in a train station in France Sunday morning are Boston College students studying overseas. The women, all juniors, have been identified as Courtney Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman, and Michelle Krug, who are studying in the school's Paris program, and Kelsey Kosten, who's studying at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, the Boston Globe reports. The women were in Marseille, about to board a train to Paris, when they were attacked by a woman police have described as a "disturbed" 41-year-old with a history of psychiatric problems.

All four American women were hospitalized, two of them for shock, and released. None of them were seriously injured, though one of them plans to see an eye doctor on Monday, Boston College says. "It appears that the students are fine, considering the circumstances, though they may require additional treatment for burns," says a rep for Boston College'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 US Embassy regarding the incident." The alleged attacker is in police custody, and police say there's no sign that she was motivated by extremist views, the AP reports. (More acid attack stories.)

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