8th grader blinded in 1 eye by bullies, family says

June 19, 2012 9:23:26 PM PDT
A Brooklyn eighth-grader says he is blind in one eye after he was attacked by bullies shouting anti-gay epithets in a school cafeteria.

Fourteen-year-old Kardin Ulysse said Tuesday that he can't see out of his right eye - and he wants to see.

The teen appeared briefly at a news conference at the office of his attorney, Sanford Rubenstein.

Kardin's parents say he has undergone two surgeries and needs a transplant following a June 5 beating at Roy H. Mann Junior High School.

One 7th-grader allegedly pinned the victim's arms while another punched his face, head and neck.

The Department of Education says the incident was taken "very seriously" by the principal, who notified police.

The alleged assailants face disciplinary action in addition to the criminal prosecution.

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