Appx. Bus Driver Faces Criminal Charges After Bullying Incident

Nancy Davis

Reporter: Rachel Schaerr l Videographer: Todd Densmore

Appomattox, VA - An Appomattox mother says her special needs son was bullied to the point that he had to be hospitalized for psychological treatment.

Roxanne Haskins says it happened on a bus as her 10-year-old son was on the way home from school. The special needs boy says he was burned with a cigarette lighter, called racial slurs and forced to suck on a teenager's nipples while riding home from school last month.

The bus driver Nancy Davis was an employee of Appomattox Public Schools and has been charged with child abuse/neglect. School officials say she was fired shortly after the incident.

The Appomattox County Sheriff's Office says the alleged bullies were two 15-year-old boys who have been charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery.

According to investigators, it happened May 5th on a bus going from the Rivermont School in Lynchburg to Appomattox. They say surveillance cameras on the bus captured it all on tape. Investigators say the recording along with eyewitness accounts gave them enough evidence to make an arrest.

"There's no question that the victim in his case, he had a horrible day on May 5th and that part is quite disturbing," Investigator Donnie Simpson with the Appomattox County Sheriff's Department said.

Haskins says the bus driver was aware of the abuse and never reported it. Haskins says her son who suffers from Anxiety and ADHD had to be admitted to the hospital for psychological treatment after the incident. The family has since hired an attorney but won't say whether they plan on suing.

"I relied on the system to protect my son and they failed me," she said.

The Superintendent of Appomattox County Schools Dr. Dorinda Grasty released a statement saying they take the safety of their students seriously and do not tolerate bullying. She added they have an anti-bullying program at all of their schools. Grasty could not comment on the alleged incident.