Judge Judy Gives Advice on How to Stop Bullying in Schools
By Raphael Chestang
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Judge Judy Sheindlin has never been one to mince words, and she has some words of wisdom when it comes to raising today's youth.
"You don't teach morals and ethics and empathy and kindness in the schools," Judge Judy said during an Internet chat with actress and social activist Marlo Thomas about bullying. "You teach that at home and children learn by example."
Earlier this year, Judge Judy delivered a nearly 20-minute commencement speech at Shiprock High School in New Mexico, sharing personal advice on how to succeed after students receive their diplomas.
"Number one -- and I want you to emblaze this on your brain -- you only have one chance to make a first impression," Judge Judy stressed to students.
Her Honor also stressed the importance of hard work.
"A combination of tenacity and luck brought me here today," the 72-year-old judge continued. "I was an unremarkable student with passable looks and a direct personality. Nothing in my early childhood suggested to anyone -- except maybe my father -- that one day I would be standing here and be known simply as Judge Judy."
Her appearance at the school's graduation was made possible because of a Facebook contest, which 18-year-old Alexus Uentillie won after submitting an essay that greatly moved the daytime TV personality, prompting her to make the long trek from her Connecticut home.
"Quite frankly, I was hoping that we would find some school closer and more geographically suitable to where I live," Judge Judy told ET. "But then I started to go through the letters, and the letter from Alexus was compelling. She said so many movies are made here because they use that wonderful shiprock. So many people come and use the land, but so few of the people that come -- the celebrities that come -- stayed and spoke to the kids about how to realize their dreams and be successful."
One line from Alexus' moving essay read, "It's time that we as Navajo youth get the encouragement that we deserve."