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Brooklyn boy: I was blinded in one eye after school attack at middle school

NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn teenager was blinded in one eye after being assaulted by bullies who shouted anti-gay epithets during an attack at his middle school, his family says. 

Kardin Ulysse, 14, has undergone two surgeries on his right eye since the June 5 attack in the cafeteria at Roy H. Mann Junior High School in Bergen Beach, his family said.

"I can't see from my right eye," Ulysse during a news conference on Tuesday. "I can't see from it at all." 

Ulysse now wears a bandage over his right eye. Doctors have said they are not sure if the blindness occurred as a result of the punches or by shards of glass from his eyeglasses.

"They were beating him, kicking him, punching him in the face many, many times," Ulysse's father, Pierre Ulysse, said. 

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New York City Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said in a statement that the boy's beating was "taken very seriously," noting that two students were arrested.

"The matter is under investigation," Feinberg added.

The eighth-grader says he was beaten up by a pair of seventh-graders who shouted insults and slurs at him, including "transvestite" and "gay," according to a report released by the Department of Education.

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One classmate pinned Ulysse down while the other punched him repeatedly, according to the boy. The fight continued in the cafeteria until it was broken up by school safety officers and school aides, Ulysse said. 

The Ulysse family has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education, seeking $16 million for failing to properly supervise the students. Their lawyer said the school report was evidence that the attack was unprovoked. 

"This should not have happened in this school," said Sanford Rubenstein, the family's attorney in Brooklyn. "This should not have happened in this school system." 

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