Student reacts to terrorist attacks after Brussels trip is canceled

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  News 4 is hearing from a group of Canisius College students who were planning to spend their spring break in Brussels.  News 4 spoke with Makayla Santiago, 23, via Skype Tuesday.
She was visibly upset for the people of Belgium,  But also disappointed that this tragedy and these terrorists ruined this trip.

She said, “Because were all scared we decided that I will not be going.” Santiago booked her flight to Brussels right after the November attacks in Paris. Wednesday she was supposed to leave for the trip of her dreams:

She said, “It’s very upsetting that something like this happened over there.”  This morning- whether Canisius College canceled the trip or not- her mom, Angelita Lopez said she wouldn’t let her daughter go.

She said, “The same areas that she was supposed to go to, were the areas that got bombed.” Santiago was to fly from Paris to just outside of Brussels.

Lopez says it’s a concern many parents have for their kids traveling abroad. She never wanted to think about the “what ifs.”

“We don’t know what’s going to happen. Once they start going you don’t know what they’re going to do.” Santiago posted a message on Facebook to family and friends letting them know she was okay.

She said, “There is so much fear on all ends family and friends.Everyone, all it is is fear right now. I’m angry that people are capable of doing this. I’m angry for me, i’m angry for the people of Belgium. I’m angry that something like this could happen.”

A college representative says the trip is officially canceled. It’s possible they will reschedule, but will not include a stop in Brussels. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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