DDG: Dads Help Out At High School After 23 Students Arrested For Violence


A group of dads are going back to school to help keep the peace at a school that’s been plagued with violence. Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, saw 23 students arrested for fighting in a three day period recently. So a group of dads decided to take matters into their own hands. They call themselves ‘Dads on Duty’ and they’re making themselves seen on campus every day, greeting students in the morning and helping to keep a positive environment.

Michael LaFitte, who started the group, says they’re uniquely qualified to do the job. "We're dads,” he says. “We decided the best people who can take care of our kids are who? Are us." And the dads’ presence looks to be doing the trick. Since Dads on Duty showed up, there hasn’t been a single incident. The students seem to like having them around too. "I immediately felt a form of safety," one student says. "We stopped fighting; people started going to class."

The dads’ recipe for transforming the school has been a mix of tough love and dad jokes that they’re perfectly suited to provide. "They hate it,” says LaFitte about the dad jokes. “They're so embarrassed by it." Another student says, "The school has just been happy — and you can feel it." And so the dads say they’re going to keep on showing up to school indefinitely. "Because not everybody has a father figure at home – or a male, period, in their life,” say the dads. “So just to be here makes a big difference."

Source:CBS News

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