WNEU student abroad in Paris reacts to attacks

This photograph made available on Saturday Nov. 14, 2015, shows a piece of artwork created by Jean Jullien. Social media was awash Saturday with images of public buildings lit up in the French colors of red, white as people globally expressed their solidarity with the French facing the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris. One of the most shared images was of a piece symbol by Jean Jullien, a French graphic designer living in London. Jullien said he came to the image using simple association of Paris with peace. (Jean Jullien via AP)

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) — 22News heard from a Western New England University student currently studying abroad in Paris. His name is Bobby Caruso.

He said this is Fall break for students, so he and his friends were actually in Prague, Czech Republic during the attack.

However, he said he is not afraid to fly back to Paris Sunday, in fact, he was looking forward to being back where he’s called home for the past couple months, and stand united with the City.

Bobby Caruso told 22News, “The U.S. Embassy in Paris has been emailing us all, giving us instructions on just to avoid large demonstrations, avoid anywhere where there’s police activity, be safer than usual, stay with friends if we have to, but yeah we do absolutely plan on going back. We love Paris. It’s the most city in the world and it’s kind of really tragic to hear that this happened, especially after another attack only a few months ago.”

Caruso said he first found out about the attacks from a professor at Western New England who had contacted him.
He said some people in Prague hadn’t even heard about it, a day after the attack.

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