The parents of a Brooklyn teenager blinded in his right eye after bullies shouting anti-gay epithets assaulted him are now suing the city of New York for $16 million.
The incident, which took place earlier this month, was first reported by the New York Daily News. The boy, 14-year-old Kardin Ulysse, has undergone two surgeries on the eye since the assault at Roy H. Mann Junior High School in Bergen Beach.
A Department of Education report said the boy was attacked by a pair of seventh grade students. One pinned his arms down while the other rained down punches on his face, head and neck, the Daily News reported. During the assault the boys shouted anti-gay slurs, calling him a “transvestite,” “gay” and a “f—ing f—-t,” the report said.
Ulysee was able to break away but the boys followed him to the cafeteria, where the beating continued until school safety officers were finally able to intervene.
Doctors said they were unsure if the boy’s cornea was damaged from the barrage of punches he suffered or from broken shards of his eyeglasses.
“The doctor says he needs a transplant,” his father, Pierre Ulysse, told the 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,” he added.
The boy’s parents filed notice that they intend to sue the city for $16 million, claiming the school’s employees failed to protect him from the bullies, the New York Times reported.
“They were beating him, kicking him, punching him in the face many, many times,” Pierre Ulysse told the Times. “There is no guarantee he will see again.”
Do you think the city should have to pay $16 million for failing to protect the 14-year-old from the anti-gay attack?