BC students hit with acid ask for prayers for attacker

Boston College students Kelsey Kosten, Michelle Krug, Charlotte Kaufman and Courtney Siverling.
Boston College students Kelsey Kosten, Michelle Krug, Charlotte Kaufman and Courtney Siverling.

Two of the four Boston College students who were injured Sunday in Marseille, France, when a woman sprayed acid in their faces are speaking out.

Michelle Krug and Courtney Siverling, both BC juniors who are enrolled in the college’s Paris program, posted on Facebook late Sunday.

Krug wrote that she and her friends “are anticipating a quick recovery.”


Krug, Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman, and Kelsey Kosten were sprayed in the face by a 41-year-old woman who French officials said was not motivated by extremist views. Kaufman also is part of the Paris program, and Kosten is studying at Copenhagen Business School.

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The suspect has “a psychiatric history,” a police spokesman told The New York Times.

Krug asked for her friends to “consider thinking about/praying for our attacker.”

“Mental illness is not a choice and should not be villainized,” she wrote.

Siverling praised the actions of police and US consular officials. Like Krug, she also expressed sympathy for her accused attacker.


“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,” she wrote.

Reaganne Lauren Hansford, who said she attends church with Siverling and has become close friends with her, said that after seeing Siverling’s Facebook post she reached out to her friend to let her know how proud she was of her.

“That’s how Courtney is, and that’s just what we’re called to do. We’re called to forgive, and [the 41-year-old woman who was arrested] is clearly going through something,” Hansford said.

“She was a strong woman already, but I put absolute trust in Courtney’s faith that she’ll be stronger on the other on the other side of this,” Hansford said.

The students’ full statements are below.

Michelle Krug’s statement

Courtney Siverling’s statement

Correction: Because of a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misstated information from French officials about the alleged attacker’s motivation.

Globe correspondent Maddie Kilgannon contributed to this report. Sean Smyth can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.