Ohio Judge Orders Man to Hold 'I AM A BULLY' Sign

Ohio Judge Orders Man to Hold 'I AM A BULLY' Sign

An Ohio man who harassed his neighbor and her disabled kids was ordered by a judge to wear a sign saying “I AM A BULLY” while standing on a street corner for five hours. 

Judge Gayle Williams-Byers, the municipal court judge, outlined exactly what Edmond Aviv, 62, had to write on the sign he would wear, telling FOX8.com, “It will read, ‘I am a bully! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself.”

According to court records, Aviv has had on ongoing fight with his neighbors, the Prughs, for 15 years, and recently pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. The son of the Prughs, Scott Prugh, said the feud began when his parents adopted two black children who also were developmentally disabled.

One incident featured Aviv pouring kerosene into a dryer he kept in his garage so the fumes would drift over to the Prughs’ home; another incident occurred when Aviv smeared feces on the wheelchair ramp the Prugh family used and also in one of their cars. Prugh has also been accused of hurling ethnic insults and spitting on the family.

The judge also noted, “He would do things like shine a spotlight at their house at three in morning so the family couldn’t sleep.” Despite Aviv’s “sincere apology” in a letter he was ordered to write by the court and his admission to hurling the slurs, he will be jailed for 15 days, attend anger management classes, and get counseling.


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