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MSU Students Pulled From Israel

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(WLNS) - Violence between Israel and Hamas has escalated into a large scale ground offensive with troops rolling into gaza.

And that is forcing some quick decisions that are being felt locally.

Eight  Michigan State University students studying in Israel have cut their trip short and are on their way home now.

MSU Administration made the decision public Thursday but parents tell 6 News conversations about whether to cut the program short started as early as Sunday so Thursday's announcement by the prime minister of the military action had nothing to do with the decision. School officials say the security risk just raised too high. 

MSU informed parents of the decision via email. Parents received another email Thursday with the departure and pick up times. We're told the school is handling all of the emergency travel expenses . Plus, this was an academic trip,  so what about those course credits?

I caught up with an MSU spokesman over the phone for the answer. "Our main goal right now is just getting them home and bringing them safely out of the country as we move forward and figure out the best way that we can make sure none of the students... suffer any academic consequences and make sure they all get the proper credits that they signed up for."

Cody went on to tell me that the school made sure to keep parents informed throughout the decision making process.

I got the chance to talk to a set of parents whose daughter is on the trip. And they thank the administration for the great job they continue to do. However,  they think some of the students are pretty bummed about coming back so soon.  Andy and Cheryl Rosenblatt explained, " We can't keep them sheilded from what's going on in the I feel that they were absolutely safe for the most part there was stuff that I didn't was going on and I'm sure that there was stuff that she didn't was going on but again the universities both MSU and Hebrew were phenomenal in keeping everbody in the loop as to what was happening.. The kids have been having a ball there but it's a shame that the program was cut short it's a very unfortunate situation I don't  think the kids had much choice in the matter and they've been loving every minute of the study abroad."

The Rosenblatts say they are happy to have their daughter home and they are picking her up first thing tomorrow morning.

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