Kapi-Mana News : July 12th 2011
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She refuses to apologise, saying she was verbally taunted as she tried to speak to Mikyla, who has now run to the media'' because the alter- cation was with someone with a pos- ition of responsibility in the com- munity. Ms Kelly says the rest of the basketball team have apologised to her for Mikyla's actions. Mikyla's mother, Donna Anderson, however, says Ms Kelly's actions were disgusting''. I wasn't there but she did this in front of dozens of people, going off at my daughter. She kept going on and on.'' The episode was upsetting for Mikyla's 9-year-old sister Paige, who cried throughout. Ms Anderson laid a complaint with Tawa College and says her motivation for calling Kapi- Mana News was to let people to know what sort of person this is''. You can't treat kids like that, I don't care what the situation was.'' Mikyla's friend Alexis Chappel says Ms Kelly kicked the argument off. She just came up to Mikyla and started shouting. When we went out- side, this lady was calling Mikyla immature and other nasty things. Mikyla told her just go away' but she kept going. Her little sister was really crying.'' Ms Kelly paints a different pic- ture, however. Things did become a bit heated, voices were raised, but I got involved because Mikyla was bad-mouthing the coach. I was not going to be talked to like that by a 17-year-old. She was laughing because she knew I was the deputy mayor of Porirua. These kids were really bad- mouthing me and I didn't react, what they're saying is an exaggeration.'' Ms Kelly says it has not stopped her wanting to watch her daughters play basketball. It's not the first time Ms Kelly has made similar headlines, with a minor incident escalating into road rage'' antics in March last year. Tawa College principal Murray Lucas is hopeful of getting Mikyla, her mother and Ms Kelly together this week to sort it out. He confirmed there had been a situation'' with the coaching set-up of the basketball team, which had now been resolved. What we've got is two different points of view. I want both parties to meet with a facilitator, tell their sides of the story, and we go from there.'' Survivors are part of toll By ANDREA O'NEIL Ripple effect: The effects of a road death reach far beyond the family, say speed victim Nathan Laurenson's dad Brent, mum Christine and girlfriend Melissa Lind. Aotea College's driving-age students saw the far-reaching effects of a road death in a DVD launched at the college on Thursday. The Ripple Effect tells the story of former Aotea College student Nathan Laurenson, who was killed with his best friend Udo Fourie two years ago today in a high-speed crash on Gray's Rd in Pauatahanui. Nathan's parents, girlfriend and mates gave him a touching tribute in the DVD. They urged young drivers to stick to the speed limit, and warned passengers to avoid riding with speeding drivers. It was tough to open up about Nathan's death on camera, but it was important to show what kind of person he was, said his father Brent Laurenson. He wasn't just a road statistic.'' On July 12, 2009, he spent the day with a group of friends celebrating Udo's 18th birthday. On the way home the pair decided to take a joy ride in a modified Subaru Impreza driven by an aquaintance neither teenager knew well. At 6pm the car was involved in a high-speed head-on collision on Grays Rd, flipping upside down into Pauatahanui Inlet. Nathan and Udo died and the other car's driver was seriously injured. It could have been easily five deaths that night. Luckily it was kept to two. Unfortunately for us, our son,'' Mr Laurenson said. The effects of the boys' death reached far beyond their famil- ies. It's not just the family that deal with the grief and the mourning and the loss,'' Mr Laurenson said. It's the worst feeling in the world. Your friends and family don't deserve it.'' College kids need to make the right decisions about speeding drivers, he told them. You're our next generation of drivers and that's why we're here. We're targeting you to be more responsible.'' Nathan's mother Christine Laurenson now drives with a bumper sticker on her car say- ing Speed killed my son''. Speeding is a decision drivers need to reject, she said. Think. Just think. Make the right choice.'' Nathan's girlfriend, Melissa Lind, said she felt invincible until Nathan's death. I was always an it never happens to me' person. But it actually does happen, to any- one,'' she said. It shouldn't happen to any- one else. Us and our families, we've been through enough for the rest of the world, I'm telling you. It's not fun.'' The Ripple Effect was funded by Porirua City Council and will be shown as part of Partners Porirua's Drive Safe initiative.
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