As schools try to prevent threats of retaliation against Muslim students or those of Middle Eastern origin in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, many are using face-to-face discussion sessions to break down stereotypes.

In one such example in East Hartford, Conn., several high school students said they changed their minds about Muslim stereotypes following a Sept. 26 question-and-answer session by members of the Islamic Center of Connecticut.

Nafeesur Rahman, one of the members of the Windsor-based center, talked to several sophomore classes at

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