Mother Releases Video Of Appomattox Bus Bullying
Reporter: James Gherardi l Videographer: Levi Washburn
Appomattox, VA - For the first time Friday, we are witnessing video of the bullying of 10-year-old Cequan Haskins. The Appomattox County child was verbally and physically assaulted by two teenage boys on board a school bus in May 2011.
A press conference in Appomattox County was held Friday afternoon by Cequan's mother to show friends and family the video and how bad this really was.
Forty grueling minutes of physical and verbal bullying was all caught on tape aboard the school bus transporting Cequan Haskins.
Some parts are harder to watch than others. At one point, the two 15-year-old school mates of Haskins hold a hot cigarette lighter to his skin.
The abuse included name calling, racial and sexual slurs.
Bus driver Nancy Davis can be heard as well. Months ago, the tape played a crucial part in her child neglect trial. An Appomattox County jury acquitted her of all charges.
"Ugh, anything to get him quiet! I've got to drive this bus," Davis can be heard saying.
"My son, he was a special needs child and he didn't deserve this. He was entitled to a safe transportation just like any other child in the Appomattox County Public School System," said Roxanne Haskins, Cequan's mother.
But she says instead, her son was left with physical and emotional scars. Since the incident he's received hours of therapy and been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I wanted parents to be aware, that when I speak out, I'm speaking out for all kids. But unfortunately, this did happen to my child, and I want parents to be aware of what's going on in the school system," she said.
Both teens on board the bus were found guilty of disorderly conduct and assault and battery, back in 2011. Currently, Haskins is awaiting a trial date in her civil case against the Appomattox County School Board.