From my experience as a retired New York city/state peace officer of 32 years, I started to write many motivational quotations as a public service in the hope of reaching and inspiring young people to aspire to overcome a lack of self confidence and low self esteem. There are numerous examples of great thought and inspirational quotes/ideas turning a troubled life around.
Young people who bully are also harming themselves as much as their victims and may be former victims who may lack self esteem and confidence themselves.
They may verbally and physically attack anyone, or anyone that they know or strangers that they perceive as smarter, more talented or gifted and successful in life or in the classroom
The bullies and their victims may later manifest rage and commit violent acts against society.
I have asked corporate America and fast food chains and malls to place positive quotes on soft drink cups and mall posters — as a start — in places where young people "meet and eat." Schools,churches etc. must start exposing pre-teens to uplifting material. There are many inspirational quotes out there, authored by the great minds past, that can be presented in the public service.
Society must be more preemptive to help stem this epidemic of violence. Let's not wait until your child is affected in a negative manner.
Joseph P. Martino resides in Millburn, N.J.