By LAURA COX
PUBLISHED: 19:38 EST, 23 July 2012 | UPDATED: 05:47 EST, 24 July 2012
This video shows the shocking torment suffered by a 10-year-old boy on his way to school.
For 40 minutes Cequan Haskins was abused by a pair of 15-year-old bullies in May 2011.
They called him names, made sexual and racial slurs and held a scorching cigarette lighter to his skin.
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10-year-old Cequan Haskins suffered 40 minutes of physically and verbal abuse on board the school bus
In the chilling footage Cequan can be heard screaming and pleading with the bullies to stop but they are relentless, clambering over seats to get at him.
They are visibly much larger than their victim and he is unable to get away from them as they yell at him to ‘sit down and shut your mouth’.
Cequan’s mother, Roxanne Haskins, released the video at a press conference on Friday, telling wset-tv that she wanted people to know just how bad bullying can be.
‘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.
The 15-year-old boys can be seen tormenting Cequan on the way to school
The boys yelled at Cequan to ‘sit down and shut your mouth’ as he screamed out in pain (typo on video)
‘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.’
Cequan was left with physical and emotional scars in the aftermath of his ordeal, Ms Haskins said.
He continues to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and has undergone hours of therapy.
Both of the teens involved were found guilty of disorderly conduct, assault and battery.
Ms Haskins has launched a civil case against the Appomattox County School Board and is awaiting a trial date.
Cequan’s mother, Roxanne Haskins, released the video at a press conference on Friday, telling wset-tv that she wanted people to know just how bad bullying can be
The driver of the Appomattox Schools bus, Nancy Davis, was initially investigated for child neglect, the video playing a key part in her trial.
The bus driver, Nancy Davis was initially investigated for child neglect, the video playing a key part in her trial.
She can be heard shouting ‘Ugh, anything to get him quiet! I’ve got to drive this bus’ as the boys torture Haskins toward the back of the bus.
She was acquitted of all child abuse charges several months ago.