After an Ohio man pleaded guilty in February to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge for bullying children with developmental disabilities, a judge decided he should admit his guilt another way — by standing on a street corner and holding up a sign proclaiming that he bullies disabled children.
Edmond Aviv, 62, was ordered to report to a busy intersection in South Euclid, Ohio, with the sign on full display.
His sentence began today.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported:
Edmond Aviv, 62, endured five hours of people yelling at him from passing cars while holding a sign that said: "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."
Specifically, Aviv’s crime goes way deeper than just bullying.
According to Reuters, Aviv “called his neighbor “Monkey Mama” as she held her adopted, disabled African-American children, and has smeared dog feces on their wheelchair ramp.”
Aviv had reportedly harrassed that family for 15 years.
Fox 8 Cleveland quoted the presiding judge, Judge Gayle Williams-Byers, of South Euclid Municipal Court, for a description of the types of antics Aviv would allegedly orchestrate:
"He would do things like shine a spotlight at their house at three in the morning so the family couldn't sleep. Then he would play loud music. He also shoveled dog feces onto the car of the one son who is a caretaker to the disabled children. He did this every day," said Williams-Byers.
While holding the sign today, Aviv denied the bullying allegations to the Plain Dealer, saying that “the judge destroyed me” and “this isn’t fair at all.”Follow Bruce Wright on Twitter @bctw or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.