HIGH POINT, Mo. — Bending a steel rod between his teeth, lifting elementary children above his head with ease and ripping a 1,000-page phone book down the center — J.D. "the Iceman" Anderson encouraged students from High Point and Clarksburg schools on Feb. 2 to be encouragers, not bullies, at an assembly.
Anderson has been seen on America's Got Talent, Jay Leno, ESPN, Ellen and is the Guiness World Record holder for running through 13 blocks of ice with nothing but his body.
He is part of the Omegaman and Friends character development and bullying prevention program, emphasizing superheroes don't have to wear capes with the "H.E.R.O." message "Helping Everyone Respect Others."
Anderson told the students his childhood dream was to be on television and through doing his best and making good decisions, he was able to do that and more.
"I was just a regular guy with big goals and dreams," he said.
Anderson encouraged students to use positive words like respect, self-control, believe in yourself, responsibility and goals. He also told students to surround themselves with others preparing for a bright future.
He challenged the seventh and eighth graders to set the example for the younger students.
"Other people don't determine your future, you determine your future," he said.
He led the students in motivational chants, like "If I believe in me, I can achieve big things in life."
Anderson complimented the students for being well-behaved during the assembly.
"People from little towns are the best people," he said.