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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.