(Scroll down for video) A 10-year-old boy was burned with a cigarette lighter by bullies on his school bus.
Newly released disturbing video shows in detail what the boy was going through on the school bus last year.
The video was released on Friday at a news conference in Appomattox, Virginia, organized by the mother of Cequan Haskins, who wanted to show the public how bad the abuse was.
"My son is a child with special needs and he did not deserve this," said Roxanne Haskins. "He was entitled to a secure transport like any other child in the system at the Appomattox County Public Schools," she said.
The hard to see the video, recorded in May 2011, shows two 15-year-old thugs attacking Haskins, and burning the child’s skin with a hot cigarette lighter. The abuse went on for 40 minutes while they screamed and hurled insults against Haskin, including racial and sexual insults.
"Sit down and shut up your mother f***ing mouth!" One boy yelled while holding Haskins in his seat.
Both attackers were convicted of assault, disorderly conduct and battery last year.
The school bus driver, Nancy Davis, was originally charged with being negligent, but was acquitted of all charges earlier this year.
Davis is also heard screaming in the background of the video.
"Ugh, anything to get him quiet!" She said. "I have to drive this bus," she also said.
Haskins's mother said her son has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and had to undergo therapy.
"I wanted parents to be aware that when I speak, I am speaking for all children," she said. "But unfortunately, this happened to my son, and I want parents to be aware of what's happening in the school system," she said.