The Daily News is reporting that bullies shouting anti-gay slurs in the cafeteria of a city middle school left a Brooklyn teen blind in one eye after a brutal assault.
Kardin Ulysse, 14, has undergone two surgeries on his right eye since the June 5 beatdown at Roy H. Mann Junior High School. Mann is located in Bergen Beach. Reports are uncertain 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 (father) said. “For me to send him to school with two eyes and come back with one eye is really absurd.
Because of the incident and document reports of bullying, the parents have decided to file a $16 million lawsuit for failing to properly supervise students. Lawyer Sanford Rubenstein will represent them. He has called for called for the authorities to investigate whether the attack is a hate crime and upgrade the criminal charges to felonies. Since the attackers are minors, the two alleged bullies would be charged with misdemeanors in Family Court.
Recounts of the accident state that 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.
More updates to come when reports are released.
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