There's a new instance of disturbing bus bullying that is making its media rounds. Considering the massive and viral response that accompanied a 10-minute clip of bus monitor Karen Klein being tormented by children in Greece, New York, a newly-released video of an entirely different incident -- this time in Virginia -- is likely to disgust those who view it.
In the 40-minute video, 10-year-old Cequan Haskins can be seen being abused by two 15-year-olds. The incident, which occurred in May 2011, was released to the public by the boy's mother, who claims she wants to show just how bad bullying can get.
In the disturbing clip, Cequan is forced to endure sexual and racial slurs. Additionally, the bullies also take their assault to disturbing heights, as they hold a cigarette lighter to his skin, The Daily Mail reports. The child can be heard screaming and begging for the two to stop their abuse -- pleas that went unheard.
"Sit down and shut your mother f**king mouth!," one of the boys yelled, while holding the child down.
"I wanted parents to be aware, that when I speak out, I'm speaking out for all kids," said Roxanne Haskins, the boy's mother. "But unfortunately, this did happen to my child, and I want parents to be aware of what's going on in the school system."
Haskins has launched a civil case against the Appomattox County School Board in Appomattox, Virginia, claiming that she wants to seek justice for Cequan, who she says has special needs and was entitled to safe travels.
The mother also claims that her son has had to undergo therapy as a result of the abuse and that both physical and emotional scars remain for him. In the end, while the civil trial hasn't yet started, the family has seen some justice. The young people involved in perpetrating the activities against Cequan were found guilty of disorderly conduct, assault and battery. While the bus driver was initially investigated for neglect, she was inevitably cleared of all charges.
A news report from WSET, below, showcases some sections of the 40-minute video, while also explaining the story in its entirety:
Unfortunately, Klein's abuse and what is viewed in this video are only two examples of the many incidents that occur on buses and in schools across America.
(H/T: Daily Mail)