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  • 14 April 2014, 15:55

Ohio Man Ordered To Hold 'I Am A Bully' Sign

A man has spent hours sitting on a street corner with a sign declaring he is a bully as part of his sentence for harassing a neighbour and her disabled children.

Edmond Aviv, 62, says the punishment was unfair and had ruined his life.

"The judge destroyed me," Aviv said. "This isn't fair at all."

The sign read: "I Am a bully. I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself."

Its wording was selected byMunicipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers.

As he displayed the sign on Sunday in South Euclid, Ohio, dozens of drivers honked their horns and some passers-by stopped to take pictures and yelled at Aviv.

One shouted. "You are a horrid excuse for a human."

The sentence stemmed from a neighbourhood dispute in which a woman said Aviv had bullied her and her disabled children for 15 years.

Sandra Prugh claimed in a letter to the court that Aviv had spat on her several times and called her an ethnic slur while she was holding her adopted black children, one of whom has cerebral palsy and the other epilepsy.

The married mother, whose husband has dementia and whose son is paralysed, also alleged Aviv had thrown dog faeces onto her son's car on one occasion, and smeared it on a wheelchair ramp.

Aviv pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour disorderly conduct charge, and the judgeordered him to display the sign for five hours.

Aviv was also sentenced to serve 15 days in jail, ordered to attend anger management classes and counselling, as well as write a letter to Ms Prugh, in which he expressed remorse for his "irrational" behaviour.

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