14-year-old Brooklyn teen Kardin Ulysse was left blind in one eye after a brutal assault by bullies. The encounter involved the thugs shouting anti-gay slurs in the cafeteria of Roy H. Mann Junior High School in Bergen Beach.
Pierre Ulysse, the boy’s father, said Monday:
“My son is very upset. He says, ‘Daddy, am I ever going to be able to see again?"
The boy has undergone two surgeries on his right eye since the June 5th beating at the city middle school, according to the NY Daily News.
At this point it is unclear whether the damage to Ulysse’s cornea came from the bullies’ multiple punches, or from the broken shards of the boy’s glasses, is permanent.
“The doctor says he needs a transplant ... For me to send him to school with two eyes and come back with one eye is really absurd."
He adds, “I want the world to know about this.”
The eighth grader was double teamed by a pair of seventh graders. The pair called him names such as a “f***ing fa**ot”, a “transvestite” and “gay.”
One schoolmate pinned the victim’s arms, while the other was clear to send punches on the defenseless Kardin’s face, head and neck. Kardin was able to break away, but the fight continued in the cafeteria until school safety officers and aides finally intervened.
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.
When 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.”
Stop the hate! These bullying incidents occur well too often. Young kids are harassed everyday leading to social disorders, depression, and in many cases; suicide.
For now, we pray for Kardin and his family to pull through during this troubling time.