Laurel mom: Changes to Nathan’s Law are insulting

The grieving Laurel mother who has passionately pursued tougher penalties for those who illegally pass a school bus said a bill passed by the Mississippi House in her son’s memory “insulted my child.”

Lori Key’s 5-year-old son, Nathan, died in December 2009 after he was struck by a motorist while getting off a school bus near his home.

“It is not the real Nathan’s Law,” Key said Thursday, surrounded by members of the Mississippi Senate, who promised a tougher version and took issue with some of the finer points of the House’s proposal.

Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Laurel, whose own version of Nathan’s Law passed out of a Senate committee Thursday, said elected leaders should “understand that certain activities must transcend politics.”

“This is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue,” McDaniel said in a lengthy speech flanked by the lieutenant governor and other senators during a news conference at the Capitol.

Clarion Ledger
1/14/10