A judge ordered an Ohio man to hold an "I am a bully" sign in public after feuding with a neighbor for more than a decade.
"The judge destroyed me," Edmond Aviv, 62, told the Northeast Ohio Media Group while holding his bully sign
on Sunday on a street corner in South Euclid. "This isn't fair at all."
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Aviv was convicted of disorderly conduct as a result of an ongoing dispute with his neighbor, Sarah Prugh, whose adopted adult children have development disabilities and whose husband has dementia. Prugh’s son is also paralyzed.
Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered Aviv to hold the sign out in public that read, “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."
Although he pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, Aviv denied he bullied Prugh’s family. He also said the national and international attention he has received has ruined his life.
In addition to the five hours Aviv had to hold the sign out on a street corner, he has to serve 15 days in jail and seven months on probation. The judge has also ordered Aviv to complete 100 hours of community service, anger management classes, and personal counseling at the Diversity Center of Cleveland.
Isiah Simmons, a South Euclid court bailiff, said Aviv was carrying out a portion of his court-ordered punishment.
“Right now we’re seeing what he’s supposed to do and hopefully he can bring peace to his neighbors, the Prughs, so hopefully everything will work out and we can have peace in the neighborhood,” Simmons said in a video posted by the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Several residents of South Euclid said Aviv has directed racial slurs at them for years. He is also accused of having blown the smell of kerosene onto the Prughs’ property, making one of the children sick.
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