Life for Kardin Ulysse will always be a bit problematic in the future. The 14-year-old was savagely beaten by bullies in the cafeteria of his middle school. The bullies shouted anti-gay slurs at him. The beating at Roy H. Mann Jr. High School in New York caused Kardin to have to undergo two surgeries on his right eye, and left him blind in it.
Pierre Ulysse, Kardin’s father, stated “My son is very upset. He says, ‘Daddy, am I ever going to be able to see again?’” Doctors are not sure if it was the punches or shards of his glasses that caused damage to the cornea of Kardin’s eye. Pierre stated “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. I want the world to know about this.”
According to the NY Daily News:
Kardin, an eighth-grader, 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.
The Ulysse family have retained Sanford Rubenstein, who has filed a notice that they plan to sue the city for $16 million for not properly supervising the students. Rubenstein has also called for the authorities to investigate the attack as a possible hate crime and to upgrade the charges to a felony. So far, the two bullies have only been charged with misdemeanors due to their ages.
Regarding why the bullies used anti-gay slurs, Kardin stated “I think he said that to hurt me and because he’s a bad person.” Kardin did inform the dean of his school that he had been bullied repeatedly, and another student had filed a lawsuit against the school last year over an alleged pattern of bullying.
The NYDN explained that:
A DOE spokesman said the attack on Ulysse was taken “very seriously” by the principal, who notified the NYPD. The alleged assailants face disciplinary action in addition to the criminal prosecution, the spokesman said.
Pierre Ulysse said his son wants to be a doctor. They chose Roy H. Mann because they thought it was the best school in the area.
“We were wrong,” he said.