March & Rally for Boy Bullied on Appomattox Co. School Bus

Appomattox Co., VA - A community gathered Saturday to honor an Appomattox County boy bullied on a bus ride in May 2011.

Cequan Morris, who was 10 at the time, was allegedly burned with a cigarette lighter and called racial slurs by two boys on the bus. The two boys Morris says did it have since pleaded guilty.

His mother Roxanne Haskins organized a march and rally to spread awareness against bullying.

Community members gathered in song and prayer in honor of Cequan at the Carver Price Cultural Center in Appomattox County.

Haskins says she hopes events like this one can help prevent other children from being bullied.

"No parent should have to go through the days and nights of hurt, cryingwhat I have to deal with and what I have to see my phone deal with as a result of what happened to him," she said.

She says it's important for children to know they should speak out if they're being bullied.

"We want everyone to know that this march isn't about hateit's about Cequan. He didn't deserve what happened to him, so this is how we honor him."

A local martial arts group came out to teach basic self-defense. The Appomattox County Chief Deputy was also there to speak against bullying.