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Six SMS students and one faculty member are in London today (July 7) where four explosions killed 40 people and injured 700. KSMU's Missy Shelton spoke with the SMS faculty member by phone.
As news spread of the explosions that happened this morning in London, SMS officials began trying to get in touch with 6 students and a faculty member who are there this summer.
Dana Carroll coordinates Study Away programs at SMS.
By noon today, she had heard from all the students and the faculty member.
She says five of the six SMS students are participating in the Missouri London Program.
The SMS faculty member who is in London is theatre and dance professor Rhythm McCarthy.
She spoke to KSMU today by phone from London.
Next Monday, the third session of the Missouri London Program begins and McCarthy says students who were going to participate in that session just arrived in London this week.
She says when the explosions happened, they were on a tour of the city.
McCarthy says she's not sure how the situation in London will impact the study program since she's teaching a theatre class that normally would require several trips via subway to see productions in London.
McCarthy says it's common for students to use the subway, or tube.
SMS Study Away Coordinator Dana Carroll says students who study abroad go through an orientation process that emphasizes safety and how to deal with emergency situations.
The events coordinator for SMS Bands, Amy Perkins is in London this week to inspect sites where the Pride Band will perform in December.
She says she road the subway this morning before the attack but never felt she was in any immediate danger.