In my honest opinion, and quite possibly a well-stated fact, bullying is the very foundation of crime. Virtually every known criminal, including most of the mass shooters from recent years, was a bully or a victim of bullying when they were children.

So how can we be certain that the bullying or abuse didn't cause the criminal behavior? That's why I'm doing an undergraduate research project on bullying and abuse as they relate to criminal behavior.

But assuming my theory is correct, I even have a legal solution in mind, and here is my real unpopular opinion. I think a bullying incident should result in a fine of at least five thousand dollars. If a bullying incident results in such a hefty fine, parents will want to raise their children more responsibly (since bullies often have abusive or uninvolved parents) and there'd be no more innocent people getting hurt. People would probably think twice before bullying others, and everyone will want to be civil to one another, just so they can avoid going bankrupt.

Bryce Gipple, Columbus Junction