Family of 5-year-old hit by school bus shares story with students

Family of 5-year-old hit by school bus shares story with students

(WMC-TV) – Thousands of Mid-South students take the school bus. Now, they will all be a little bit safer thanks to Nation's Law, which strengthens the penalty for unlawfully passing a school bus.

The law started after an accident in 2009 that killed 5-year-old Nathan Key.

Since then, his mother, Lorie Key, has continued her mission.

"I do not want any other parent to have to feel the way that I have felt," she said.

The Key family worked to get Nathan's Law passed in April 2011. It means stricter penalties for drivers caught illegally passing stopped school buses.

Now, Nathan's family is taking his story to DeSoto County classrooms hoping to prevent another tragedy.

On Tuesday, students at Hernando Elementary School learned when they get off a bus, they should walk 10 feet in front of the bus, look back at the driver, and wait for the 'all clear' before crossing.

They were also told to look back again in the middle of the road for another signal before they finished crossing. It is a simple message that seemed to sink in for students.

"We have to follow her directions," said Kellen Finklea, who was in the class. "So we don't get hurt."

And that's the exact answer Lori key wants to hear.

"If there is anything I can do to help change one child's life, I will talk to every child in the state of Mississippi," said Key.

The Key family will visit a couple of other schools in DeSoto County this week. Meanwhile, parents that want more information should check these flyers sent home with the students.

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