July 25, 2012

NEWS: Special Needs Student School Bus Bullying Video Released

VIRGINIA - July 24, 2012 - An Appomattox County mother whose special needs child was bullied by two teens aboard a Lynchburg Area school bus last year has released video survelience footage of the incident. The video obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request made to the Appomattox County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office shows the 10-year-old boy being repeatedly bullied by two 15-year-old buys on a nearly empty school bus for 40 min. on May 5, 2011. The driver can be heard calling them to be quiet, but does not intervene. The teens are shown screaming profanities, name calling (including sexual and racial slurs), choking, hitting, and (later admitted) burning the child with a lighter. The special needs child has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the incident. The driver was subsquently aquited on charges of child neglect, and the 2 teens were found guilty of disorderly conduct, assault and battery. The mother has now filed a $31 million civil lawsuit against the school bus driver, her transportation supervisor, the school superintendant, and Appomattox County School Board. See Cequan Haskins, 10, School Bus Abuse Caught on Tape to learn more.

VIDEO: Cequan Haskins Bus Bullying

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