Parents of slain Wyoming student to participate in forum

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The parents of a 21-year-old gay Wyoming college student who was tortured and killed nearly 20 years ago visited with high school students in Lexington on Thursday.

The appearance Thursday of Dennis and Judy Shepard is part of an anti-bullying forum. Mayor Jim Gray, Fayette County school Superintendent Manny Caulk and U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey also participated.

Hundreds of freshmen and juniors gathered at the district office for the program, and others participated from their schools through a live classroom feed.

A panel discussion was part of the forum, and students were able to submit questions through email and text for the Shepards and others participating.

To learn more about the Matthew Shepard Foundation, click here.

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