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An Ohio man is headed to jail after he was caught on video appearing to mock his 10-year-old neighbor who has cerebral palsy.

A municipal court judge sentenced William M. Bailey this week to the maximum term of 29 days in jail on charges of disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing. The charges stem from an incident earlier this year in which Bailey, 43, was walking his son home from the school bus stop when he allegedly made fun of his young next door neighbor who relies on crutches.

Bailey pleaded no contest in the case and said he was not mocking the girl, but responding to those who were calling his son names. Nonetheless, he wrote a note of apology to his young neighbor.

The girl’s parents, Michael and Tricia Knight, said they were pleased with the verdict, but questioned Bailey’s sincerity and said their daughter is now afraid to go outside, reports The (Canton, Ohio) Repository. To read more click here.

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  1. Ray Kennedy says:

    The warden should have in place a “Jail House Disability Sensitivity Training” program. Introduce Bailey to cell mates who are disabled and cell mates who have disabled children and family members. Bailey could learn and grow from this program. But the training should be 90 days; not 30.

  2. Jon K. Evans says:

    He got what he should’ve got. More bullies need to be dealt with harshly-if not subjected to corporal punishment outright

  3. DU says:

    I’m a mom of a child with a disability. And I hate bullies. But sending someone to jail for rude behavior, even if it’s morally reprehensible to the extreme, strikes me as a dangerous precedent. How will this ruling be applied to similar future situations in an objective way? Will we send every bully to jail for making fun of someone else? Using the “R” word? That’s offensive too. Who decides where to draw the line between being a mega-jerk and being a criminal? Better to punish the man by social ostracizing and shaming him in a public way.

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