A man ordered to spend five hours at a street corner with a sign declaring he's a bully says his sentence was unfair
SOUTH EUCLID -- His judge took a cue from others in the area and got creative with his punishment, ordering him to stand on a South Euclid corner holding a sign that read: "I am a Bully" and the response from the neighborhood was loud and clear.
Cars passed by honking and yelling expletive insults. For five hours, that's what Aviv endured, but for 15 years, he harassed his neighbors, like Alexander Simmons
"He would come outside and just stand on the porch, just to see us walk by and call us names," Simmons said.
Calling him the n-word and picking on disabled children, Simmons always tried to ignore it, be the better person.
"Just mind your own business, just keep walking, just walk away, leave that guy alone," Simmons said.
But on Sunday afternoon, Simmons couldn't just walk away and neither could the rest of the community after reading Aviv's sign: "I am a bully, I pick on children that are disabled…"
"Not only is it shocking, it's unbelievable. I mean, I don't know why anybody would do that," neighbor Bill Schneeberger said.
Aviv wouldn't talk to Channel 3 news, but he told Northeast Ohio Media Group that "the judge ruined his life" and "this isn't fair at all." Some neighbors doubt the sentence, too.
"If we don't change his heart, sitting here on the corner isn't going to change anything," Dan Cisco said.
But for the victims, the punishment fits the crime, and now they can move on.
"I think the punishment is great. Justice has been served," Simmons said.
Aviv was also sentenced to 15 days in jail. Plus, he's required to write a letter of apology to the family, take anger management classes and complete 100 hours of community service. If he fails to do any of that, he will go back to jail.