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Shezanne “Shez” Cassim speaks with Woodbury High School students on April 11, 2014, about his nine-month imprisonment in the United Arab Emirates over a parody YouTube video. (Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith)

Freed Minnesota man tells Woodbury High School students that knowledge is power

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WOODBURY, Minn. -- While a student at Woodbury High School, Shezanne “Shez” Cassim was bright but considered himself somewhat of a slacker.

However, when the 29-year-old Woodbury resident found himself locked in a maximum security prison in the United Arab Emirates for nine months, he realized just how valuable learning and knowledge were.

“We smuggled in a math textbook,” he said. “I was so hungry for information that I wanted to do math.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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