Honk, Honk! “BULLY!”
That’s some of what “I Am A Bully” sign holder, Edmond Aviv, heard while he sat on a corner in South Euclid, Ohio, on Sunday.
From the allegations, it sounds like Aviv truly earned his bully sign, and if you’re an alleged adult considering bullying disabled kids and neighbors in South Euclid, then be prepared for the same Aviv-style dose of humiliation.
Aviv, accused and convicted of bullying a family in his neighborhood, served his humiliating sentence Sunday.
The bully sign ordered by a judge appeared to have the intended effect. Judging by Aviv’s words and demeanor as he sat on the side of the road with the sign saying “I AM A BULLY”, he won’t be bullying his neighbors again any time soon.
Fox News reports that the purported bully, Edmond Aviv, 62, sat for hours on a street corner Sunday, along with his scarlet letter-like sign labeling him a bully. Aviv was none too pleased and bemoaned the punishment for his disorderly conduct case as unfair.
The alleged bully was, in fact, so despondent, he went so far as to say that the judge who had bestowed the humiliating sentence on him, “ruined my life”.
“The judge destroyed me,” Aviv said. “This isn’t fair at all.”
The punishment was the result of a neighborhood dispute that pitted Aviv against a woman and her disabled children, a fight that makes Aviv look pretty bad from the get-go. The woman claimed that Aviv had been being a bully to she and her children for many years.
Jump forward into court where Aviv pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, and Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers threw a proverbial book of humiliation at the alleged bully, commanding him to display an “I Am A Bully” sign for five hours Sunday as a condition of his sentence.
Judge Williams-Byers even chose the wording herself:
“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.”
Aviv showed up at his appointed corner with his bully sign around 9 a.m. Sunday.
Smatterings of honking, heckling and jeers were sent Aviv’s way throughout his five hour bully sentence, and some pedestrians reportedly took pictures.
Aviv says he didn’t bully his neighbors, but other than that, he apparently didn’t feel much like talking and ignored other questions. A court probation officer made sure Aviv sat with his bully sign for the given time, and Aviv’s attorney even reportedly swung by.
What Aviv’s lawyer said is unknown but hopefully he didn’t add insult to Aviv’s injury by taking the opportunity to give Aviv his legal bill.
The feud between Aviv and his neighbors, and his alleged bully behavior, took place over 15 years, according to court records.
The most recent incident described by the records, has Aviv being displeased with the smell coming out of his neighbor’s dryer vent. To exact vengeance, Aviv used a fan to blow kerosene, and its own unlpleasent smell, onto the neighbor’s property.
The neighbors Aviv is said to have bullied include two adult adopted children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. The husband in the family reportedly suffers from dementia, and another son is paralyzed.
The neighbor also detailed in a letter to the court how, while she was holding her adopted black children, Aviv hurled an ethnic slur her way, spit on her many times, threw dog feces on her son’s car windshield, and even smeared feces on their wheelchair ramp.
Sounds like “bully” is a relatively nice term for a neighbor that would do such things.
Aviv was also required to write an apology letter to the neighbor:
“I want to express my sincere apology for acting irrationally towards your house and the safety of your children. I understand my actions could have caused harm but at that time I was not really thinking about it.”
Along with having to sit on the side of the road with his bully sign and be mocked, the judge also ordered Aviv to serve 15 days in jail, to take some anger management classes, and get some counseling.
Hopefully this will take the bully out of Aviv and leave his neighbors at peace.
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