The students from Whittier Christian High School and a few from Friends Christian School were on their way to Liberia to help out and do work with Ebola orphans. They had just arrived when the bombs went off.
The students posted a video on YouTube with an update. Taryne Renee, an alumna of the high school, said the group was being taken care of by the Red Cross at a makeshift shelter in a Belgian warehouse.
“We just feel very lucky that none of us were hurt and were able to get out of there,” she said.
After the attacks; Renee immediately text her parents that she and her brother were ok. Her father told Eyewitness News he got her text even before he knew about the bombings.
“I didn’t really understand the gravity of it until I turned on the news a little bit later and saw what was actually happening,” Rolland Esslinger said. “It was frightening. I mean knowing that my kids were there and the group we sent to Liberia…I’m normally with them so I had a lot of different emotions of wanting to be there helping and not knowing what to do and us being so far away.”