A New York City eighth grader has been blinded in one eye after being attacked by bullies who shouted anti-gay epithets. Fourteen-year-old Kardin Ulysse has undergone two surgeries on his right eye since the June 5 attack at Roy H. Mann Junior High School in Brooklyn, reports the New York Daily News.
It is unclear whether the bullies’ multiple punches or the broken shards of lens from his eyeglasses caused the damage to his cornea. "The doctor says he needs a transplant," Pierre Ulysse said. "For me to send him to school with two eyes and come back with one eye is really absurd. I want the world to know about this."
Kardin was set upon by a pair of seventh-graders who were calling him a “f-----g f----t,” a “p----,” a “transvestite” and “gay,” according to a Department of Education occurrence report. While one schoolmate pinned the victim’s arms, the other rained punches on Kardin’s face, head and neck. Kardin broke away and the fight continued in the cafeteria until school safety officers and school aides finally intervened.
Asked why the teens were using anti-gay slurs, Kardin said: “I think he said that to hurt me and because he’s a bad person.
The boy’s family has retained lawyer Sanford Rubenstein, who will file a notice Tuesday to sue the city for $16 million for failing to properly supervise the students. Rubenstein also called for the authorities to investigate whether the attack is a hate crime and upgrade the criminal charges to felonies. Because they’re minors, the two alleged bullies were charged with misdemeanors in Family Court.
This was not an isolated incident. Last October, another student attacked him and tried to steal his school lunch money. And the parents of another 13-year-old student have filed a suit against the school and the city "alleging a pattern of bullying."
Blinded by hate. SMDH.