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Bullied 14-Year-Old Blinded in One Eye During Anti-Gay Attack

Bullied 14-Year-Old Blinded in One Eye During Anti-Gay Attack

 

A 14-year-old boy from Brooklyn has been left blinded in one eye after he was allegedly attacked at school by bullies who shouted anti-gay epithets as they assaulted him.

Reports KSEE 24:

Kardin Ulysse, 14, has undergone two surgeries on his right eye since the June 5th attack in the cafeteria at Roy H. Mann Junior High School.

“I can’t see from my right eye,” Ulysse said. “I can’t see from it at all.”

Ulysse 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.

“They were beating him, kicking him, punching him in the face many, many times,” Ulysse’s father, Pierre Ulysse, said at a news conference Tuesday.

The eighth-grader says he was beaten up by a pair of seventh-graders who shouted insults and slurs at him, including “transvestite” and “gay,” according to the report put out by the Department of Education.

The family is suing the school and New York City for $16 million.

This incident was apparently not the first of its kind, and there is evidence to suggest that Roy H. Mann Junior High School may have a history of wider bullying issues, something the family’s lawyers will no doubt argue in court.

Reports NY Daily News:

Kardin, who now wears a bandage over his right eye, said he had informed a Roy H. Mann dean that he had been a victim of bullying at the school for some time. Last October, another thug attacked him and tried to steal his school lunch money.

The parents of another 13-year-old student filed a lawsuit against Roy H. Mann last year alleging a pattern of bullying.

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A DOE survey last year stated that 63% of the students at the school reported at least some of the time classmates are harassed or threatened based on their race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

The same survey stated that 40% of the school’s students didn’t feel safe in the building and 44% said students threaten or bully other students “most of the time” or “all of the time.”

School officials have not commented directly on Ulysse’s case, though a DOE spokesperson is quoted as saying the principal of the school took the attack on Ulysse “very seriously” and noted it was the principal who notified the NYPD of the incident.

The police spokesperson is quoted as saying that assailants face internal disciplinary action from the school as well as potential criminal prosecution. Whether this alleged assault technically qualifies as a hate crime, and therefore whether the assailants could face additional charges, is something that will also have to be determined.

Ulysse will now require further operations and may need a cornea transplant if he is to regain even partial sight in the eye that was damaged during the attack.

 

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1:11PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

children are taught to hate. it's a tragedy

1:49AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

I agree with Biby C. - and that is very sad to think of ...

10:46AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

I believe that when progress was being made during the Civil Rights Movement, laws were enacted that were national rather than local. So wouldn't it be great if a set of standard actions MUST be taken in every school in the country when a student IS actually/repeatedly being bullied in school or another student witnesses such treatment and reports it? Surveillance cameras throughout the schools would certainly help, although I'm sure they couldn't be installed in washrooms or gym locker rooms. Wearing a recording device that could catch what is being said during the incident and would help establish motive and identify the perps. Friends of the victim could use cellphone cameras to identify the bullies. Bullies could be suspended for a specific period of time for the first offense and expelled for the second. Police intervention should be initiated immediately to let the offenders know that their little crimes will have serious consequences. If a second incident does happen, school suspension would follow and there should be mandatory attendance in a sensitivity program (either group or individual counseling) to get to the bottom of the person's hated, intolerance and aggressive behavior. Then the students could be readmitted to school. Every primary school curriculum MUST have classes starting in pre-school and continuing in every grade (just like math!) in acceptable social interaction with other humans, understanding and accepting differences in individuals, getting alon

9:05AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Charge not only the bullies, but their lousy parents aswell. Bullying must be stopped by all responsible parties, but parents are the most responsible of all. If you have kids, it's your obligation to make sure they don't show aggressions towards other people and it's not a right to have kids, as some people say. It's a priviledge that shouldn't be misused.
As for the, so called alleged, perps, throw the book at them. I don't care they are young. They were old enough to attack someone that got badly hurt. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Bullying is intolerable and bullies must face the full weight of the law, this is assault and cannot be ignored!

As for Jauhara A's belief that all victims somehow have a hand in their own fate, this is ridiculous! Such an attitude shows a lack of empathy. Many people are ruthlessly bullied simply because they are different, weaker, a variety of reasons. Are all victims to blame or just victims of being bullied? What about a victim of being robbed for instance, being raped?

12:53PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Bullying is intentional and persistent aggressive behavior. It can include physical violence, teasing and name-calling, and intimidation. Bullying can be related to the harassment of racial and ethnic minorities and gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth. To prevent this kind of incident. I have found this so called the Panic Button Application that can protect every individual. I was scanning through a few blogs and found this article on a Safety Service for everyone. In this instance, prevention is most certainly better than cure. To find out ore about this application. Check this out: http://SafeTREC.com/

11:40AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

It's a shame our children can hate so much.......and most do it in the name of religion. A sad commentary on our society.

4:45AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

We now have a whole generation who disrespects everything! Disrespect for the law, for nature, disrespect for the elders, disrespect for others of a different skin colour, different thoughts...... the list goes on. And this is happening in a lot of developed and developing countries. What went wrong?!?!

6:23PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Those who did this, and their parents, should be responsible for this poor boy's medical bills.

And the bullies should be expelled and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Blinding somebody is beyond bullying - its assault!

Very sad commentary on the state of our society.

12:50PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

There actually has to be something DONE TO STOP BULLYING, not just pretend to address the problem. That actual something is to END it.

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