“Butler in Black” campaign shows solidarity for Paris attack victims

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 16, 2015) – Support for the victims of the attacks in Paris has been shown all around the world. Here in Indianapolis, some Butler University students are also publicly standing up against the terror acts overseas.

“It was horrible. During the whole weekend, we were living the French hours, like keep watching the news, and watching our phones and sending messages,” said Marion Volant, who is a French exchange student studying at Butler this semester.

Volant is one of seven students who started a Facebook campaign called “Butler in Black.” The campaign encourages students to dress in black as a sign of solidarity.

Hundreds have “liked” the page to show they stand with the people of Paris and against terrorism all over the globe.

“Human rights are not always respected, and in these circumstances it’s really great to get support from every single person, not on earth unfortunately, but from most of the countries in the world,” said Adrien Rascle, another French student studying at Butler. “This is a good feeling.”

Some of these students were born in Paris, and have family and friends living in the area.  They say they’ve received an outpouring of support from both students and teachers.

None of the universities in Central Indiana have students studying abroad in Paris this semester.