Four Boston College students were sprayed with acid by a woman at a train station in Marseille on Sunday, Sept. 17.
Three of them were enrolled at the school’s Paris program while Korsten was a student at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, a Boston College affiliate program.
After the morning attack at the Saint Charles train station, the four women were taken to a hospital. Two suffered from facial injuries and the other two from shock, the New York Post reported. One of the women may also have eye damage.
French officials said they did not believe the 41-year-old woman arrested in the attack was motivated by any extremist views.
The suspect reportedly stayed on the scene after the incident and police said she had a history of mental illness, the New York Post reported.
“It was dramatic what happened, but all four have been released, and we have to infer from that [outcome that it is] good news,” the spokesman for Boston College, Jack Dunn, told the Boston Globe.
Some of the women took to Facebook to reassure friends and family that they were safe, while also confirming that the woman who attacked them suffered from mental illness.
Courtney Silverling also prayed for her attacker to be healed from her illness and confirmed that they were all safe.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to see if I’m ok and/or has been praying for us. I did not receive any injuries from the attack in Marseille this morning and we are all safe,” Silverling said in a Sept. 17 Facebook post, “I pray that the attacker would be healed from her mental illness in the name of Jesus and receive the forgiveness and salvation that can only come from Him.”
Another student, Michelle Krug said they were attacked with a “weak solution of hydrochloric acid.”
“She threw a weak solution of hydrochloric acid at us from a water bottle, which got in one of my eyes and one of my friend’s eyes,” Krug said in a Sept. 17 post. “We were all treated at a local hospital and are anticipating a quick recovery.”