After a man in Ohio pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for bullying children with developmental disabilities, he received an interesting sentence. Edmond Aviv, 62, was ordered by a judge to sit at a busy intersection while holding a sign that read “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.”
Read the full story here and then choose from the questions below to spark a conversation.
At the end of the article, Edmond says of his punishment, “This isn’t fair at all.” Do you agree? Or do you think the punishment fits the crime?
If you disagree with his punishment, what do you think would have been a better way to address Mr. Aviv’s behavior?
Have you ever been harassed by a bully? What did you do about it?
What does it mean to be disabled? Do you have any friends or peers who are disabled? Do you feel any differently about them than your other friends?
The punishment described in this article is often called “public shaming,” and some parents use this with their kids. What do you think about public shaming? Do you think it’s effective in changing behavior? Why or why not?