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New York teen left blinded in one eye following brutal, anti-gay assault

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

NEW YORK — A Brooklyn teenager was was left blind in one eye after being assaulted by bullies who shouted anti-gay epithets during an attack earlier this month at his middle school, according to the teen’s family

Kardin Ulysse, 14, has undergone two surgeries on his right eye since the June 5 attack in the cafeteria at Roy H. Mann Junior High School in Bergen Beach, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, reported the New York Daily News.

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Kardin Ulysse (center) with parents Pierre and Rose

Kardin, an eighth-grader, was allegedly assaulted by two seventh-graders who, during the course of the attack, called him a “fucking faggot,” a “pussy,” a “transvestite” and “gay,” according to a Department of Education occurrence report.

According to the Kardin, one classmate pinned him down while the other punched him repeatedly — the fight continued in the cafeteria until it was broken up by school safety officers and school aides.

Kardin now wears a bandage over his right eye. Doctors are not sure if the blindness occurred as a result of the punches, or by shards of glass from his eyeglasses.

The Ulysse family has filed a $16 million lawsuit again the Department of Education for failing to properly supervise the students, and their attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, said the school report was evidence that the attack was unprovoked.

Rubenstein has also called for 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.

Kardin’s parents did not comment about their son’s sexual orientation; Rubenstein said the gay slurs used against his client “were meant to hurt.”

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  1. :o oh my gosh!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:01pm
  2. *Sigh*…I’m 37 years old and had the same experiences all through school and early adulthood and it’s still happening…SMH

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:02pm
  3. :’( Hate is so sad… people are so closed minded and bigotted it really is sad that they cant just live and let live….

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:02pm
  4. I read it, looked at the video-that’s terrible!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:03pm
  5. that is absolutely appaling

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:04pm
  6. this madnes needs to end

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:04pm
  7. What the F**k. They were charged misdemeanors while this kid can be legally be blind. I hope they get the 17 million dollars because it can serve as a wake up call to the DOE and the school.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:04pm
  8. The story states that his family refuses to state his sexual orientation. His sexual orientation should honestly have nothing to do with the fact that he was beaten. The poor boy shouldn’t have to be beaten…no matter what! Straight, gay, bi, transgender…whatever. Noone should EVER put their hands on someone like that and be able to justify it. PERIOD. They dont have to state anything to anybody. He is a human. that’s it. And humans should be treated with respect. And he wasn’t. Someone should go smack those kids parents and teach them some respect…cause thats where they LEARNED IT!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:07pm
  9. A misdemeanor for what they did!!!!! The bullies should be taken out into public beaten castrated and blinded for what they did and then charged with hate and race crimes and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible!!!!! The school district then needs to stop tuning a blind eye to the bullying going on and expell the kids doing the bullying!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:08pm
  10. ridiculous!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:10pm
  11. Seeing this crap drives me bonkers. “The Ulysse family has filed a $16 million lawsuit again the Department of Education for failing to properly supervise the students.” THE SCHOOL. You kid gets blinded by a bigot and instead of suing the bigot’s family (because they don’t have a ridiculous amount of money) you sue the SCHOOL for a ridiculous amount of money. ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MINDS? You money-grubbing morons. I hope your case gets thrown out of the courtroom. I hope you get laughed at. I want someone to march you down to the filling clerk and hold your hand and instruct you how to write “parents of bigoted children” on your form. “Failing to properly supervise the students.” You mean, failing to assign each child with a personal guard so they won’t get bullied, teased, or beat up? Look, I’m sorry your kid is blind in one eye, but that is NOT the fault of the school, the teachers, the principal, the taxpayers who pay for the school, the legislator who writes the tax law (pissing off said taxpayers) to pay for your kid’s free education, OR even the school security officer. I highly doubt they stood around cheering for one of the bullies while your kid got his specs bashed into his orbit. “Yea! One more good punch, THEN we’ll pull him off!” Are you completely stupid? You must be. You really fricken must be. Do school districts everywhere, and the gene pool, a favor and diaf.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:10pm
  12. I agree with you, Janna. The school didn’t really have any feasible way to prevent this.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:15pm
  13. someone sounds a bit biasd.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:16pm
  14. awww this is sad :(

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:18pm
  15. i agree with janna. I understand what happened is awful but they need to take the right actions. They should sue the family not the school not for 16mil but for all the medical bill expenses.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:22pm
  16. horrible !

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:29pm
  17. It’s a shame that children were involved with this crime. However, I feel to not prosecute them to a fuller extent would send a message that it was no big deal. I think they both should be charged with a felony.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:31pm
  18. Makes me sick!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 8:15pm
  19. THATS BULLSHIT

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 8:59pm
  20. breaks my heart…</3 maybe if adults quit bullying eachother, children will follow… kids are bullies, so hateful and so violent now days, but that is what is being taught and tollerated (even in the name of "god" at times)…wow…we all need to come together and stop this insanity! LOVE is LOVE no matter gender…how can one hate love?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 9:04pm
  21. Doesn’t matter if this kid is gay or not, anyone perceived to be gay, can and will be, used as hatred for others. We’re the teachers, we’re the one’s that should teach these kids not to do shit like this. This is a learned behavior. The parents and the kids should all be charged with a hate crime.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 9:05pm
  22. janna, when was the last time you looked at school policies on violence? standard policy is to suspend and/or expel ALL parties involved, regardless of who was being offensive and who was being defensive. if the school is to impliment a policy that administratively prohibits self defense (unless youre truly naive enough to think colleges will look to see WHY a student was suspended instead of just caring that they were at all), the school must have policies equally capable of dealing with aggression. it must be able to effectively prevent violence as well as be equally capable of responding to it and preventing it from getting to the point where hospitalizations are necessary.

    is that an order which is nearly impossible to fill? yes. but it started with the school implementing a policy that ran counter to state self defense laws and ended with them being dumb enough to think that would be the end of it.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 9:20pm
  23. We are going to have to take the position, “If u mess w one of us, u are messing w us all.” I hope the school gets the sh*t sued out of them. I was bullied in school; nothing done. Sexually assaulted, punisment? Two days of detention. Another kid went around making jokes abt it-unpunished.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 10:29pm
  24. Joshua I hate to agree with you. This reminded me of why some of us stay in the closet 90% of your lives. Even if the young man isn’t gay they should enhance the charges cause it appears to be a hate crime. I hope the defendants’ parents are sue to. If you want them treated as juveniles then you need to take responsibility for not raising them properly.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 10:57pm