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POSTED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 7:20pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 7:44pm

An East Texas family is taking action for change after they say their daughter was murdered in front of her children.  Their frantic call to 9-1-1 was blocked by the hotel's phone system.  

On December 1st, Kari Hunt and her three children ages 9, 4, and 3 were meeting their father for visitation at the Baymont Inn in Marshall.

 When police say, the mother was stabbed to death by her estranged husband, Brad Allen Dunn.  Kari's children watched helplessly, her 9-year-old daughter tried to dial 9-11 but couldn't get through. At that hotel, an additional 9 was needed for an outgoing call.

 Kari's family has created a petition for Kari's Law which would ensure anyone needing emergency assistance at a hotel could access 9-11 automatically.

 Congressman Louie Gohmert also believes there needs to be a change.

"Even adults when they're witnessing something terribly traumatic will not be thinking about what do I dial to get an outside line? Theyd be running and dialing 911 not thinking."

   Hotel manager C.J Clayton says immediately after hearing Kari's story, she called her corporate office to get their phone policy changed.

"We contacted our provider and he is going to change our programming because now that we've been made aware of the situation that happened to Miss Kari, we don't want that to happen to anyone else..ever."

The hotel where police say Kari was murdered says their policy hasn't changed, guests still have to dial 9 when making an outgoing call, but they are working on changing that.

Congressman Gohmert says he's researching solutions for an enhanced 9-11 security system to be added at hotels, motels, and other businesses.

" That's why when we do this we want to do it right so people can feel comfortable when they have to dial 9-11 and they get an emergency dispatcher." 

 

To sign the petition click here: https://www.change.org/petitions/let-hotel-phones-dial-911-easily-help-enact-kari-s-law 

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In most cases cost is NOT the issue, nor is technology. It is the simple enablement of existing functionality that can provide assistance in cases like this. That is what is being asked for here. We teach our children to dial 9-1-1, and it should be available from any device.

Just what we need- more regulation for businesses. That means more costs for business. One tragedy & legislation is called for? This is shooting a mouse with a Howitzer!
On another note - CLEAN UP the grammar. This article is a monument to poor journalism. Will you put this on your resume as an example of your writing skills? - FAIL!
Even Nelly's POV is full of misspelling & poor grammar. Guess it's trickle down stupidity. He complains about the NYT- at least they can spell & make their point.

You may know your grammar, but where's your sense of corporate/business responsibility and evolution toward better processes?

It's not a "mouse", as you state, but a common problem.
Educate yourself before trashing on a family tragedy.

WTF!? Really? Wow.....talk about someone being cold! I take it you're one of these guys that don't give a sh!t about anything/anyone, until it happens to you, eh? Loser! And go find a hobby or somethin' rather than sittin' around pointing out ppls misspelled words & poor grammar! Now that sounds like a novel idea.....what do you think!?

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