TSR Positive Photo: A group of fathers in Shreveport, Louisiana, are embracing the old adage, “It takes a village.”
Two students were arrested during a violent week at Southwood High School, a group of parents decided to get together and take matters into their own hands.
About a dozen fathers formed “Dads on Duty”, a group dedicated to preventing school violence by simply attending and showing love to the children. According to CBS News, fathers take shifts, greet students in the morning and help maintain a positive learning environment.
Students believe in group work because when Dad showed up, nothing happened on campus.
“We are fathers. We have decided who are the best people who can take care of our children? What we do, ”said Michael Lafitte, who started Dads on Duty.
Even students are sharing their testimonials about parents on campus.
“I immediately felt a form of security,” said one student. “We have stopped fighting; People start going to class. ”
One student said that a dad can turn things off with just a “look,” but dads are also there to bring light to student days.
One student commented, “They’re just joking around, ‘Oh, hey, your shoes are off,’ but it’s not really open.”
So basically, it’s an effective combo of solid love and parental jokes.
“The school has just been happy – and you can feel it,” said one student.
Looks like Dads on Duty is there to stay and hopefully start chapters across Louisiana and schools across the country.
“Because not everyone has a father’s figure at home – or men, periods, in their lives. So just being here makes a big difference, ”Dad said.
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