Bullied Teen Settles Lawsuit With NYC After Assault
The incident left the student blind in one eye.
The family of a student in Brooklyn settled its lawsuit with the city for $700,000 after the teen was blinded by bullies in a school cafeteria.
The settlement, reached Thursday, comes after the family of Kardin Ulysse accused his school of failing to properly supervise the lunchroom during the violent bullying incident, according to the New York Daily News.
“Our school system has to do better when it comes to dealing with the problem of bullying,” Sanford Rubenstein, an attorney for the family, said. “He’ll never get over this. He’ll always live with the pain and suffering he had of going through the surgeries.”
Ulysse was attacked by two seventh graders in 2012 in the cafeteria of Roy Mann Junior High School.
In that incident, one of the attackers pinned Ulysse’s arms back while the other punched him repeatedly in the face, head and neck areas. The students also called Ulysse a series of homophobic slurs during the incident.
At some point during the attack, Ulysse’s glasses broke into his right eye and he was blinded. Video surveillance of the attack was recovered and reviewed in court.
School safety officers and school aides eventually stopped the attack.
A cornea transplant has since restored the sight in Ulysse’s eye, but his parents say their son has paid a tremendous emotional toll.
During the trial, Ulysse said he complained to the school dean about constant bullying and reported previous physical attacks.
Read More Articles Like This… With A FREE Subscription
Campus Safety magazine is another great resource for public safety, security and emergency management professionals. It covers all aspects of campus safety, including access control, video surveillance, mass notification and security staff practices. Whether you work in K-12, higher ed, a hospital or corporation, Campus Safety magazine is here to help you do your job better!