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Unusual punishment

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This man is not enjoying the sun. He's here as a punishment.

Edmond Aviv was ordered by a US judge to hold a sign saying he was a bully. Aviv was convicted of harassing his neighbour and her disabled children.

He was also sentenced to two weeks in jail and community service.

Aviv claims the judge has ruined his life. But he didn't respond when asked if he was sorry.

bully

person who frightens or hurts smaller or weaker people

harassing

behaving in a way that upsets and annoys people

disabled

not having one or more of the physical or mental abilities that most people have

sentenced

given a punishment by a judge

ruined

destroyed

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

bully / harassing / disabled / sentenced / ruined

1. Walker was __________ to life in prison for the 1999 shooting of a 23-year-old man. Walker said he did not mean to kill the man but fired three shots in warning because the man had been bullying him.

2. Correspondents say Muzychko acquired notoriety in Ukraine after he was filmed brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle at a town hall session in western Ukraine, and then __________ a local prosecutor. After that, in February, the Ukrainian interior minister condemned his behaviour and promised to investigate.

3. The scheme was created by Abs Dumbuya, who contracted polio as a young man in Sierra Leone, left to study in the UK and then returned to create opportunities for __________ young people, through his organisation, the Dorothy Springer Trust.

4. The governor also denied suggestions that he had used political intimidation in the run-up to his overwhelming re-election victory in November. "I am not a __________," he said.

5. "These people are dangerous they have __________ my life and kept me away from my children. Each should be punished for their wrongdoings."

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How did you do?

1

sentenced

2

harassing

3

disabled

4

bully

5

ruined

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