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Man who bullied children gets a unique sentence

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Edmond Aviv, from Ohio, was recently handed an unusual sentence for bullying children with disabilites and their family — in addition to jail time and community service, he was ordered to sit on a busy street corner holding a sign that labeled him a bully.

Aviv, 62, was ordered to the unusual punishment after his neighbor, Mike Prugh, told the court the details of 15 years of harassment, which included smearing dog feces on his house and using a fan to spread a kerosene smell over his yard. Prugh’s family includes children with disabilities who were often the target of their neighbor’s bullying efforts.

The sign reads, “I am a bully! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.”

I, for one, am glad that South Euclid Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers took the matter seriously and handed down this sentence. The card-carrying portion was carried out during a five-hour timespan on Sunday on a busy street corner, as Aviv sat with his chin in hand, undoubtedly in a glum state of mind.

I don’t see how anyone can think it’s okay to tease or bully anyone, especially a child with a disability. I can’t imagine the nightmare this family has gone through over the last 15 years, and I honestly don’t know if I could hang in there and continue to live near someone with such a mean spirit. Even if you’re not good friends with those who live in your neighborhood, all members of such a community should make an effort to add value to the area and be kind to one another. I’m not sure if Aviv has learned his lesson, but I certainly hope so — and as he’s been ordered to not have contact with Prugh and his family again, he should hope so as well.

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Disturbing sexting incident at a middle school

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Kids in the 6th grade are too young to sext, right? Well… maybe not. A Chicago-area middle school is cracking down on sexting incidents among its young students.

The school was alerted to the problem when a female student reported receiving a text of a graphic photograph, and even though the group of students is small, school officials have sent home notes to parents and posted a bulletin on their website.

They say that they’re using this as a learning opportunity for the kids in the school. They’re planning on having school counselors and social workers host a session about how technology should (and shouldn’t) be used, and they’re going to continue checking students’ phones.

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If your child has a cell phone, do you monitor its use? Do you check what comes in, and what goes out? Or do you trust your child to make the right decisions?

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