A New York-based teen has been left blind in one eye after a brutal attack by schoolmates who may have targeted him because of his perceived sexual orientation.
The New York Daily News reports that 14-year-old Kardin Ulysse has undergone two surgeries on his right eye after the June 5 attack, which took place at Roy H. Mann Junior High School in the Bergen Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn. The eighth grader is currently wearing a bandage over his right eye, though doctors are not sure if the blindness occured as a result of the punches or by shards of glass from his eyeglasses, according to NBC New York.
The attackers are identified only as a pair of seventh graders, who allegedly screamed anti-gay epithets, including "f**king faggot," "transvestite" and "gay" as they beat the teen, according to a Department of Education occurrence report cited by the Daily News.
“The doctor says he needs a transplant,” Kardin's father, Pierre Ulysse, is quoted as saying. “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 Associated Press, the incident is being taken "very seriously" by the principal of Roy H. Mann Junior High School, who notified police. Both of the alleged assailants face both disciplinary action and a criminal prosecution.
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