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Princeton Day School Welcomes Rais Bhuiyan
Princeton Day School Welcomes Rais Bhuiyan

Princeton Day School was honored to welcome Rais Bhuiyan, founder and president of the nonprofit organization World Without Hate, to a special assembly for the Upper School on Tuesday, March 28. Mr. Bhuiyan was the victim of a horrendous anti-Muslim attack in the days following 9/11, but instead of focusing on hate and revenge in the aftermath of his shooting, he worked tirelessly to both forgive and save his attacker, Mark Stroman, from death row. His presentation to the Upper School community was incredibly moving, as he relayed that all he lost as a result of his attack—his home and livelihood, as well as sight in one eye—was nothing compared to what he gained: forgiveness, peace, and ultimately a "brother" in his attacker. Mr. Bhuiyan referred to the PDS students gathered as the future of the world, and encouraged them to break the cycle of violence and hate in our world by treating each other, and everyone, with compassion and kindness. The students gave Mr. Bhuiyan a standing ovation after his inspiring presentation. He will be talking with small groups of students during the rest of his stay on campus.

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