The murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is an outrage and unacceptable to our society. Shepard was beaten, pistol-whipped, tied to a fence and left to die by several young people because of his sexual orientation. Any student death brings sadness. A death caused by this particular kind of violence is appalling. As educators, we work diligently to promote acceptance between diverse groups. When violence and death occur because of hate against an individuals differences, it affects all of us.