Bibb County Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin said she didn't know the camera was rolling.
By the time she found out, it was too late. She went viral.
Colvin volunteers with Bibb County Sheriff's Office's "Consider the Consequences" class, a program that bluntly shows youth where their early lives in crime are likely headed.
On March 29, Colvin was speaking to some wayward kids in the program who were brought into her courtroom. Her passionate lecture about the harsh realities of their futures if they didn't change clearly touched many of them.
Their choices, she said, jail, or "you can be in this body bag," Colvin says in the video as she unfolded a white body bag. "And the only way somebody's going to know you're in here is because of this tag."
WATCH: Judge brings teens to tears
At points in the video, you can see a sheriff's deputy handing tissues to some of the children who were moved to tears.
"I did not expect or anticipate that was going to be recorded," Colvin said about the video.
But she's glad it was.
"For some reason there was a decision to tape it and I have to think it was predestined because I didn't plan it. ... I wanted to speak to their hearts and that's what I did. ... I am shocked that it has gone that far ... I'm continually amazed because it renews what I've always thought - at the end of the day, everybody really cares about everybody else."