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Freed-Hardeman students studying abroad in Brussels are OK

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People in Brussels gather to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks. (Source: Benjamin Boyles) People in Brussels gather to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks. (Source: Benjamin Boyles)

Following the deadly explosions in Brussels, Channel 4 has been checking with local colleges to see if any students were in the city during the explosions.

Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN, has five female students who were studying abroad in Brussels, but they were not in the city at the time of the attack.

Four of those students are from Middle Tennessee.

The FHU students are now staying in London with Lipscomb University students, according to an official at Lipscomb.

“Our students learned that the Freed group was stranded. They were staying in a hostel,” said Kim Chaudoin with Lipscomb University.

Chaudoin said the Lipscomb student welcomed the Freed-Hardeman student to their flat in London.

“It’s a beautiful day in London today and they’re making them feel at home,” she said.

There is no word if or when the FHU students will go back to Brussels.

“It is sort of a sobering experience for the student to know that scenes you see on a news station so far away are right in your corner of the world,” Chaudoin said.

Chaudoin said she wants the students’ parents back home to know they have a place to feel comfortable and safe.

“Hopefully it does make their parents back home feel a little more comfortable, too, although I’m sure it’s still quite unsettling,” she said. “It’s not like they can go a couple of miles down the road and get their daughters and bring them home.”

One of the FHU students posted on her Facebook page that chaperones and program directors made sure the students were safe. She asked everyone to keep Brussels and all of Belgium in their thoughts and prayers.

Belmont University said they do not have any students in Brussels at this time.

An official with Vanderbilt University said the school does not have any study abroad programs in Brussels.

Earlier this month, a Vanderbilt graduate student was studying abroad in Israel when he was killed during a stabbing attack.

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