Eight Montclair State students were in Nice, France on a faculty-led study abroad program Thursday when a terrorist drove a truck into a crowd of onlookers, killing dozens and injuring nearly one hundred others.
All of the Montclair State students are safe and accounted for, according to Domenica Dominguez, Director of Study Abroad and International Programs at Montclair State.
“It is my understanding that none of them were in direct proximity to the attack that happened in the city,” Dominguez said.
Amanda Williams, one of the students in Nice at the time of the attack and an editor at the university’s newspaper, The Montclarion, spoke exclusively to ABC7 regarding the events of that night. Williams continued to document her experience on her personal Facebook page throughout the night and has been posting updates ever since.
The city was placed under lockdown following the Nice attacks, according to Williams’ account.
At that time, three of the eight students were sheltered in a local’s apartment for several hours of the lockdown. The remaining students and faculty member were at the residence they have continued to share for the duration of the program.
Still, according to Dominguez, the students and faculty director remained in contact during the lockdown and throughout the night.
When the news of the terror attack broke, Montclair State promptly contacted the members of the program. Since last night, representatives of the Global Education Center and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures have been in touch with the faculty member leading the program, the students and their respective families. Their correspondence has continued into today as well.
At this time, authorities in France are still investigating the details of the incident. Later today, The Montclarion will be speaking to Williams, still located in Nice, France. The Montclarion will continue to update its coverage as more information is released.