Kardin Ulysse, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Roy H. Mann Junior High in Brooklyn, New York, is blind in one eye thanks to a pair of bullies who brutally beat him in the cafeteria, shouting anti-gay epithets as they pummeled his face.Kardin’s already undergone two surgeries since the June 2 attack. “The doctor says he needs a transplant,” his father, Pierre, told the New York Daily News. “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 a Department of Education report, two seventh graders attacked Kardin—one held his arms while the other punched his face, neck and head, and called him names like “fucking faggot,” “pussy,” transvestite” and “gay.” He escaped, but the fight continued in the cafeteria until school officials stepped in.
Kardin had previously told his principal he was being routinely bullied, but apparently the problem continued. His parents are now suing the city for $16 million for failing to provide proper supervision. The Ulysses also want police to investigate whether the incident was a hate crime, in which case the charges against the two underage perpetrators would be raised from misdemeanors to felonies.
None of which will get Kardin his eyesight back.