04/17/14 by Rennie Detore
Edmond Aviv undoubtedly will never bother anyone in his neighborhood again.
That's because Aviv, who lives in Ohio, was ordered by a judge in a disorderly conduct case to sit outside for five hours with a sign that declared him a bully. The ruling comes from an argument between Aviv and a neighbor, a woman who said he bullied her and her children, who are disabled.
Aviv quickly declared that he wholeheartedly feels the punishment was wrong, and actually used the word "destroyed" to describe how he felt the sentencing made him look. The sign said "I AM A BULLY" in a all capital letters, among other words, as ordered by the judge.
The 62 year old Aviv also had to write a letter of apology to the family he allegedly harassed and bullied, but the real story was the sign that he had to tote around and hold up for all to see for five hours.
It's actually laughable that Aviv is essentially assessing blame to a judge for destroying his reputation, given that court records showed he and his neighbor had been battling back and forth for more than a decade. The judge made a decision based on information put forth, and Aviv had to answer for his behavior in a unique way that the judge thought would be just.
Kudos to Judge Gayle Williams Byers and her foresight, honesty and creativity when dishing out a punishment to Aviv that fit the crime. If Aviv harassed and bullied these disabled neighborhood kids, one can assume that a fine might not have resonated with him at this point, given that this has seemingly been going on for years.
Aviv also was ordered by the judge to attend anger management classes and serve 15 days in jail. But Aviv pointed to the sign that declared him a bully of young, disabled children as the worst part of his sentencing.
And, it should be.
Bullying shouldn't be shoved under the proverbial rug or dismissed as anything less than hurtful and unnecessary. And it certainly isn't just reserved for kids in school. As Aviv illustrated, bullying knows no boundaries, and can occur from one adult to another or, in this case, from adult to child.
Having Aviv hold up a sign that declares him a bully may seem harsh or over the top in some circles but it also might be just the right temperament to deter Aviv from doing this again or others from following in his same footsteps.
For that reason, the punishment fits just fine. If anyone, Aviv included, wants to avoid the shame of being publicly called out for being a bully, the answer to that dilemma is easy.
Just don't do it in the first place.
Had Aviv followed that rudimentary advice, maybe his day wouldn't have been filled with honking horns and having his character questioned and exposed.
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