2012-07-19 / Other News

Bullies Charged In “Hate” Crime

By Sam Akhtar

Ulysse in hospital bed last week following corneal transplant 
Courtesy of Sanford Rubenstein Ulysse in hospital bed last week following corneal transplant Courtesy of Sanford Rubenstein The two bullies who allegedly attacked and nearly blinded a 14-yearold boy at Roy H. Mann Junior High School, were arraigned last Friday, July 13th, in Brooklyn Family Court.

The two defendants, ages 12 and 13, whose names were not released because of their ages, were charged with a felony assault as a hate crime but could get as little as 18 months at a juvenile facility if convicted.

According to the Department of Education’a (DOE) incident report, the victim, Kardin Ulysse, who was wearing a wig at the time as a joke, was being called a “f——-g f——t,” a “p——,” a “transvestite” and “gay” during the brutal beating in the school’s cafeteria that was captured by a surveillance camera. Despite his protestations of not being gay, Ulysse was brutalized to such an extent that the eyeglasses he was wearing shattered into his eye.

Since the June 5th attack, the eighth grader has had five surgeries, including a corneal transplant last week on his right eye. The attorney for the family, Sanford Rubenstein, told the Canarsie Courier, the youngster remains “in pain and remains blind in one eye.”

Rubenstein is currently representing the family in a $16 million action against the DOE for negligence of supervision. According to the notice of claim filed on June 19th, the incident was not the first time the teenager was a victim of bullying.

Pierre Ulysse, Kardin’s father, said his son was previously jumped for refusing to give bullies his money. The father said he complained to the school about the bullying and that it happened “many, many times before.” The claim describes the school staff as “negligent” and “inept”.

The next family court date is scheduled for August 17th.

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