N.Y. Teen Blinded After Being Assaulted by Anti-Gay Bullies
A teen from Brooklyn, one of the five boroughs of New York City, is blind in one eye after he was physically assaulted by bullies who hurled homophobic slurs at him in a school cafeteria, New York Daily News reported.
Kardin Ulysse, 14, who was beaten on June 5 at Roy H. Mann Junior High School, has undergone two eye surgeries. The Daily News says it is unclear if Ulysse went blind from the bullies’ multiple punches to the face or from the shards of lens from his eyeglasses that damaged his cornea.
"My son is very upset. He says, ’Daddy, am I ever going to be able to see again?’ " Pierre Ulysse, Kardin’s father, said.
"The doctor says he needs a transplant," he 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," he said.
According to a report by the New York City Department of Education the eight-grader says two seventh-graders attacked him and called him a "fucking faggot," a "transvestite," "gay" and other anti-gay slurs. One of the bullies held Kardin down while the other brutally punched his face, head and neck. The teen managed to break away but the fight continued until school officials finally stopped the assault.
The Ulysse family is planning to sue the city for $16 million for "failing to properly supervise the students," the publication says.
The family’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, requested that authorities look into the attack to find out if it was a hate crime so he can upgrade the criminal charges to felonies. Since the attackers are under the age of 18 they were charged with misdemeanors in Family Court.