Cequan Haskins is a 10-year-old special needs boy that was bullied on a school bus in May 2011 in Appomattox, VA. Cequan was verbally and physically abused by two teenage boys on board a school bus. The two boys were racist towards him, said sexually explicit things to him, and even burned him with a cigarette lighter.
This past Friday, Cequan’s mother held a press conference in Appomattox County to discuss how bad the bullying was. Cequan had to deal with forty minutes of bullying and it was all caught on tape. The 15-year-old boys tormented Cequan on the way to school. The two boys kept telling Cequan to sit down and shut his mouth as he had screamed in pain.
Bus driver Nancy Davis can be heard on the tape and insisted that the people on the bus needed to quiet down. Davis was acquitted of child neglect trial, but when the tape surfaced she was brought back into court. “Ugh, anything to get him quiet! I’ve got to drive this bus,” said Davis while driving.
“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,” stated Cequan’s mother Roxanne.
She said that Cequan had physical and emotional scars. He has received hours of therapy since the incident took place and has 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,” said Roxanne after showing the tape.
Both of the teenagers on the bus were found guilty of disorderly conduct and assault and battery in 2011. Haskins is now awaiting a trial date in the civil case against the Appomattox County School Board.
You can see news coverage of the Cequan’s bullying below: