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Students embrace peace and love after brawls, bullying

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 23 2016   /  08:29 am
Peace please!: Students of SMA 74 Jakarta high school raise banners in front of the school on Thursday to celebrate the UN sponsored International Day of Peace.(JP)

Peace please!: Students of SMA 74 Jakarta high school raise banners in front of the school on Thursday to celebrate the UN sponsored International Day of Peace.(JP)Purwa Lintang, an autistic 12th-grader took to the stage and enthusiastically delivered his English on speech Wednesday to convey a message about peace at the hall of SMA 74 Jakarta state senior high school, in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta.

“Peace is a condition when people can solve their problems without involving any single [act of] violence,” Purwa said in his six-minute-long remark, condemning violence, including past horrors of mass student brawls and turf wars.

Hundreds of his schoolmates responded to the speech with cheers and ovations. Dozens of others exhilaratingly raised colorful banners that read, “Peace begins with a smile”, “Peace can change the world” and other adages promoting hope o...