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Dec. 11 will always be a tragic milestone for the family of kindergartner Nathan Key, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver at his school bus stop in Jones County in 2009.

Ten years ago, Nathan's parents, Lori McJohnson and Andy Key, suffered an unimaginable loss -- one that no parent should have to experience.

In honoring the memory of their son, they took action by pushing for stiffer penalties for drivers convicted of illegally passing stopped school buses. The result was Nathan's Law, which was signed into law two years after Nathan’s death.

In the adjacent video produced by MASS, Lori reminds us that crimes like the one that took Nathan's life can happen in the blink of an eye — and all of them are preventable.

Ultimately, safe driving is a personal choice. Please make sure everyone hears Lori's lifesaving message by sharing the video in your networks. With your help, we can keep Nathan's memory alive and improve bus stop safety for all children.

Phillip G Burchfield

Executive Director

MS School Superintendents


MS Public Schools


School Disctricts


Public School Students


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