The video shows a group of teenagers literally tormenting a 10-year-old boy on his way to school. For 40 minutes, Cequan Haskins endured verbal and physical abuse from two 15-year-old bullies in May 2011.
Cequan's mother Roxanne Haskins, released the video at a press conference on Friday.
Roxanne told WSET-TV that she released the video so that people can see just how bad bullying can be. She said: "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: "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."
According to WSET-TV, the video showing the physical and verbal abuse continues for forty minutes. It shows the bullies calling Cequan names, making sexual and racial slurs. At a point they allegedly hold a cigarette lighter to his skin. When Cequan screams and pleads with them to stop, they yell at him and tell him to "sit down and shut your mouth."
WSET-TV comments that some parts are harder to watch than others, especially the point in which the bullies hold a hot cigarette lighter to Cequan's skin.
The Daily Mail reports Cequan's mother said he was left with physical and emotional scars. His mother says he suffers PTSD and has undergone hours of therapy.
The teen bullies have been found guilty of disorderly conduct, assault and battery. Roxanne has launched a civil case against the Appomattox County School and Board and she is awaiting a trial date, the Daily Mail reports.
According to The Huffington Post, the bus driver Nancy Davis was initially investigated for child neglect. She is heard in the video, while the bullies tortured Cequan at the back of the bus, saying, "Ugh, anything to get him quiet! I've got to drive this bus." But she was acquitted of child abuse charges several months ago.
Digital Journal reports a similar bus bullying incident in which school children in Greece, N.Y. taunted a 68-year-old bus monitor Karen Klein. After the video went viral, well-wishers donated more than $700,00 to allow the elderly woman take a "dream vacation."