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Anti-Gay School Bullies Leave Brooklyn Teen Blind in One Eye


Kardin Ulysse, a teenager from Brooklyn, was attacked on June 5 in the cafeteria at Roy H. Mann Junior High School in Bergen Beach as bullies yelled anti-gay epithets. He is now blind in his left eye even after two surgeries, the NY Daily News reports:

“The doctor says he needs a transplant,” Pierre Ulysse said. “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.

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 boy’s family has retained lawyer Sanford Rubenstein, who will file a notice Tuesday to sue the city for $16 million for failing to properly supervise the students.

The two alleged bullies are minors. An upgrade of the charges to felony hate crimes is being investigated.

It's not the first time, Kardin told the paper:

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.

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  1. The people who did this were anti-gay Christian terrorist who need to be arrested and put in prison. The Christian religion is responsible for the death and injury of any gay person who is harmed. They need to be sued for everything they have and the money given to defend all LGBT people from these evil Christians who are harming and destroying out gay children today.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 19, 2012 11:19:12 AM

  2. In the real world, anybody who assaults another person is arrested. We, as a civilized society, need to start arresting these bullies - it's assault period. I don't care if it happened on a school campus or in a church, it's assault. I have a hard time believing most schools do not have security cameras in place especially since Columbine High Massacre incident, these bullies pounded this kid and it took forever for the teachers and security people to come to Kardin's aide. I hate to say this but more lawsuits are needed for schools to start taking bullying seriously and not look the other way. Some teachers and theprincipal need to be fired for failing to protect Kardin.

    Posted by: KuMiCu | Jun 19, 2012 11:27:32 AM

  3. "...until someone loses an eye."

    Posted by: a hot mess | Jun 19, 2012 11:32:37 AM

  4. I think he should also sue his attackers - for civil rights violations - they have deprived him of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by causing a disabling and disfiguring injury that limits his potential in life. Sue the sh*t out of them - it won't bring back the poor boy's sight, but it might shine more attention on the issue.

    Posted by: Sethboy | Jun 19, 2012 11:37:29 AM

  5. arresting them would be great but that will not happen. You'll have some bleeding hearts crying about how they are children and need to be understood and loved.

    Parents need to teach their kids to fight back and if out numbered grab a brick or bat or whatever and don't stop swinging til they go down.

    Posted by: oousslander | Jun 19, 2012 11:38:11 AM

  6. :-(

    very sad

    Posted by: say what | Jun 19, 2012 11:45:01 AM

  7. You know, as tragic as this incident is, it is really nothing out of the ordinary in some inner-city black neighborhoods. Just look at what has happened in Chicago the last two weekends--dozens of young people killed...and few of them were gay or the victims of homophobia.

    I hardly think that filing lawsuits is going to solve the underlying factors that are the cause of this violence (and the virulent strain of homophobia that is endemic in such neighborhoods).

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 19, 2012 11:45:11 AM

  8. Rick is in with the teabag of racism.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Jun 19, 2012 11:50:06 AM

  9. I'm not positive but I'm pretty sure referring to school students as "thugs" in a news story is quite racist.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jun 19, 2012 11:50:28 AM

  10. Yeah Rick like the homophobia that runs through the community that caused those guys to kill Matthew Shephard in Wyoming. Why do white people hate Gays, Rick?

    Posted by: KIM | Jun 19, 2012 11:50:58 AM

  11. Rick...it's endemic everywhere, not just "those" neighborhoods. In fact, I would suggest that it's just as bad, but slightly more hidden, in predominantly white suburbs. I would know since I work for a school district that currently has one of the most bigoted school board member(s)I've ever known about.

    As for comments that it's the Christian's fault...I actually think it's extremist religions' faults. Almost every major religion practiced in the WORLD has an extreme faction that pushes an anti-gay and, frankly, anti-woman agenda. The more rights we have recognized the harder they push back. They ARE in fact the "mentor" bullies of the world. They are voicing and pushing their fear based agenda so hard now because they are afraid to lose their status and whatever their identity is that's all mixed up in it. We, the sane people of the world, just need to continue to find strength and resolve to not back down.

    And yes, when child bullies lay hands on their peers, it's still assault and they should still be arrested. Also, quite frankly, their parents need to face charges with their minor children...not sure that idea will fly, but that's my opinion.

    Posted by: TheWeyrd1 | Jun 19, 2012 11:58:17 AM

  12. You're right, Rick. Better they do nothing at all, you know, since it won't lead to a revolution. SMH

    Posted by: LiamB | Jun 19, 2012 11:58:37 AM

  13. Sue

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jun 19, 2012 12:01:21 PM

  14. ANY boy who is effete or just 'mild' mannered is going to have a hard time in 'inner city' [READ: Majority minority 'poor' neighborhoods], regardless of so-called race, ethnicity, sexual orientation [they of course will be called f#g and f#ggot regardless if they are gay or not].

    Honestly, big cities and school districts that can afford it should simply have a special school[s] for such kids so they can be left alone. I don't like the idea of isolating people like this, but it's really the only viable option.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 19, 2012 12:03:12 PM

  15. Ratbastard...that's not the only viable solution. In fact, it would continue a very BAD precedence that would give POWER to the oppressors by reinforcing their behaviors. They WANT the thing they fear to be sent away. The result would be BLAMING THE VICTIM. The answer is unfortunately very simple in theory and very difficult in practice and that's the hold the offenders and their parents accountable. There is currently a movement called "Restorative Practices" that is beginning to make a difference where it being used. It has been used around the world in schools and in prisons. It is an effective way to not only hold the offenders and their parents accountable, but also it begins the difficult work of teaching empathy. Look it up, I think you'll see that as much more useful than to "send all the weird kids away for their own safety."

    Posted by: TheWeyrd1 | Jun 19, 2012 12:12:43 PM

  16. @THEWEYRD1

    More PC nonsense from the Far Left.

    But don't listen to me. Listen to the people who actually live in such neighborhoods, as in this article that is the lead story this morning on left-leaning MSNBC's website. It totally contradicts everything any of you are claiming and demonstrates how white Leftists are so obsessed with trying to avoid being "racist" and so desperate to blame all problems on white "Christians" rather than on the real causes, that they manufacture causes that bear no relation whatsoever to actual reality.


    A key quote:

    "Leak believes the solution to reducing the incidence of murder is multifaceted, adding that police are doing all they can. But he cites a lack of religious upbringing among many of today’s young black men as a major factor in the plague of violence.

    “We’ve got to start trying to get these kids into some type of church setting,” he said. “We’ve got to preach to kids and try to show them what they’re doing is wrong.”

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 19, 2012 12:13:46 PM

  17. Blacks...Who Care's...

    Posted by: tyed | Jun 19, 2012 12:16:52 PM

  18. "Blacks...Who Care's..."
    I hope english isn't your first language because an apostrophe belongs nowhere near those words

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Jun 19, 2012 12:25:04 PM

  19. It isn't PC calling a racist a racist, especially when you demonstrate it day in and day out for years.

    Racist is what racist does Forest.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Jun 19, 2012 12:27:42 PM

  20. Call 911. There's not a kid in the country without a cell phone. As soon as they feel scared, call 911. Let the police start responding to hundreds of calls a day and these bullies, their parents, school administrations and anyone else will start taking notice. If this happened in a mall we'd tell kids to call 911, why not at school? This kid was beaten and lost an eye! Is that not worth a 911 call?

    A national "call 911 on bullies" campaign. Minors have rights as well.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Jun 19, 2012 12:29:37 PM

  21. You know, every time somebody fake trolls [the boy who cried wolf ring a bell?] it makes it more difficult to combat the real 'haters'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 19, 2012 12:29:55 PM

  22. "...white Leftists are so obsessed with trying to avoid being "racist" and so desperate to blame all problems on white "Christians" rather than on the real causes, that they manufacture causes that bear no relation whatsoever to actual reality."

    Amen. Exactly.

    Posted by: Arrant | Jun 19, 2012 12:31:19 PM

  23. Rick...you think you know more than I without knowing me. And for the record, while I work for a predominantly white suburban school, I have been assigned to a charter school system in the inner city where I've worked for the better part of 20 years. So YES, I know the stats and I know what's going on...what MOST people don't know is the problem with bullies is everywhere and just as bad in the white suburbs. However, I'll concede that there may be less maiming and killing DIRECTLY. But ya know, gay kids (and other "weird" kids) in the burbs die pretty frequently. We call it "suicide by bully."

    As for other issues in the black neighborhoods not related to gay bashing, yes there are big problems. I would suggest that it's not specifically due to being BLACK but being poor...just happens that due to the culture of racism, a large amount of people of color (that would include ALL colors, not just black) are systemically and culturally denied access to quality education and jobs... And there are far too many other factors to be able to comment eloquently on this topic in a comment section. Also, the lack of RELIGION isn't an answer to the failures in society. It isn't THE answer to fixing the ills of society either. The commonality among strong families (any version of bonded unit) and their well behaved children is shared values and a sense of belonging to the community at large. Yes, churches and other religious institutions can provide the structure for this, but those are not the only option. It's another form of bullying, by people who think they know better, to suggest there is only ONE way to achieve a goal.

    Posted by: TheWeyrd1 | Jun 19, 2012 12:31:53 PM

  24. @polyboy,

    All depends on the definition of 'racist'. Just pointing out that there's a HUGE violent crime problem in the so-called black community and especially among young black males [and that official police, FBI and DOJ stats fully back this up, going back decades] DOESN'T make someone a racist.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 19, 2012 12:32:26 PM

  25. Christian? Actually Jesus teaches His followers that those who live by the sword shall die by the sword, and that we must turn the other cheek when we are attacked. Jesus further taught us "do not repay evil with evil" and to love our enemies. So, Jesus, Who defines Christianity, has nothing to do with this attack.

    Posted by: Luke | Jun 19, 2012 12:34:21 PM

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