Ohio man sits at corner with ‘I AM A BULLY!’ sign


SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children for the past 15 years sat at a street corner Sunday morning with a sign declaring he’s a bully, a requirement of his sentence.

Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered 62-year-old Edmond Aviv to display the sign for five hours Sunday. The judge selected the wording for it: “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.”  

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reported (http://bit.ly/1ieU3sA ) that Aviv arrived at the corner with the sign just before 9 a.m. Within a couple of minutes, a passing motorist honked a car horn. Later in the morning, he was sitting in a chair holding the hand-lettered sign in front of him.

Court records show Aviv pleaded no contest in February to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. His attorney didn’t respond to a request for comment Sunday. Aviv has feuded with his neighbor Sandra Prugh for the past 15 years, court records show. The most recent case stemmed from Aviv being annoyed at the smell coming from Prugh’s dryer vent when she did laundry, according to court records. In retaliation, Aviv hooked up kerosene to a fan, which blew the smell onto Pugh’s property, the records said.

Prugh has two adult adopted children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy; a husband with dementia, and a paralyzed son. Prugh said in a letter to the court that Aviv had called her an ethnic slur while she was holding her adopted black children, spit on her several times, regularly threw dog feces on her son’s car windshield, and once smeared feces on a wheelchair ramp.

“I am very concerned for the safety of our family,” Prugh wrote in a letter to the court for Aviv’s sentencing. She said she just wants to live in peace. The judge also ordered Aviv to serve 15 days in jail and to undergo anger management classes and counseling. He also had to submit an apology letter to Prugh.

“I want to express my sincere apology for acting irrationally towards your house and the safety of your children,” Aviv wrote. “I understand my actions could have caused harm but at that time I was not really thinking about it.”


3 thoughts on “Ohio man sits at corner with ‘I AM A BULLY!’ sign

  1. This anti-bullying crusade only exists to teach people to be defenseless, and dependent upon government for protection. (esp. in the schools) The message is that you should never fight, argue, or do anything to defend yourself, but instead everything that hurts your precious little feelings should be immediately reported to the authorities.

    And we’re only getting one side of the story here, because he pleaded “no-contest”, which was probably part of a plea bargain that had him sitting there with that sign. The other “court records” that show he was feuding with the for 15 years exist because he didn’t defend himself from any charges.

    It takes two to tango, and I don’t believe this went on for 15 years without it being a two-way street, but the court ruled in favor of political correctness, and buried half of the facts.

  2. The government is the ultimate bully and judges with any sort of backbone would speak out about it but I guess the easiest to straighten out will have to do to make them feel like they are doing good in the world. I am surprised the police have not tried to move him for holding a sign within a certain distance from the road/junction, I guess it all depends on the message on the sign, anything about freedom and the constitution, they would be taking whoever to jail! God bless all…

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