Sigh. I don't know about you, but I'm still not over the horrible video of that bullied bus monitor (even if people did donate a bunch of cash to make up for it). So I really wasn't ready for this new horrible video of a bullied 10-year-old boy on the bus. A 10-year-old special needs boy named Cequan Haskins, that is, whose 15-year-old bullies called him racial and sexual slurs, trapped him in his seat, and burned him with a cigarette lighter for 40 minutes.
Cequan's screams are the worst part. (Much like the bus monitor video, I couldn't watch this whole thing either.)
This horrible event actually took place over a year ago, in May 2011. But Cequan's mom, Roxanne Haskins, just released the video last week at a press conference because, she says, she wanted people to know what bullying really looks like.
"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."
As a parent, I'm aware. Oh boy, am I ever aware. Even before I became a parent, humanity's capacity for cruelty astounded me; now that I have kids, it astounds me AND scares the living hell out of me. The thought of my kids suffering at the hands of bullies like these -- or becoming bullies like these -- I can't even bear it.
Thankfully, Cequan's bullies were both found guilty of disorderly conduct, assault, and battery. Roxanne Haskins is currently filing a civil case against the Appomattox County School Board. But despite ongoing therapy, Cequan is still suffering from PTSD.
How do you feel when you hear stories like this about horrible bullies?
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