In one of the best stories to come out in this early part of the fall, a group of fathers tiring of the violence at a Louisiana high school have stepped up in a major way. After a series of violent incidents at Southwood High School, the dads put everything on the line and it appears that their presence alone has touched the hearts of not only the students but onlookers across the nation as well.
CBS News published a report highlighting the violence and the arrest of 23 students in the span of three days along with several skirmishes on the grounds that were caught on video. Frustrated with the danger the students were putting themselves through, a group of around 40 fathers formed the Dads on Duty group and, amazingly, since they’ve been in the school to greet students and encourage them on their educational journey, the school has not reported one bad incident.
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And though none of the dads have degrees in school counseling or criminal justice, they do have some relevant experience.
“We’re dads. We decided the best people who can take care of our kids are who? Are us,” Michael LaFitte, who started Dads on Duty, said.
Now, any negative energy that enters the building has to run the gauntlet of good parenting.
“I immediately felt a form of safety,” one of the students said. “We stopped fighting; people started going to class.”
“You ever heard of ‘a look?’” one student asked while describing a “power” they claimed all dads have.
With the news going wide, the hashtag #DadsOnDuty has cropped up with folks saluting the Dads on Duty crew for doing the right thing. Oh, and dad jokes. Dad jokes are a powerful deterrent to violence.
Check out the reactions below.
DADS ON DUTY: After a violent week of fighting at a Louisiana high school, parents knew something had to change. So, a group of dads decided to show up not just for their kids – but for the whole student body – to help maintain a positive environment. @SteveHartmanCBS has more. pic.twitter.com/Uux3qx48sd
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 22, 2021
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— Marcus Spears (@mspears96) October 23, 2021
There’s another way. There’s always another way.
I love this. Thank you #DadsOnDuty for showing up for everyone’s babies in this school.
We need more of this and less police in schools.
@ me. I’m here. https://t.co/8BFG58KNGj
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 23, 2021
I love this so much!!!
Don’t EVER tell parents they shouldn’t be involved in schools and let’s never pretend that having a male or dad present in a child’s life isn’t needed.
I love these men!!! #DadsOnDuty are what these kids need!!!@ScottAdamsSays @DeAngelisCorey @JLPtalk https://t.co/QBqXCfS0By
— Erica (@ZiaErica) October 23, 2021
“You ever heard of a look?”
— Daniele Hamamdjian (@DHamamdjian) October 23, 2021
Black Men are the Best Fathers and Natural Born Leaders. When we are our true selves and take our rightful place, it brings peace and order to the children. A Salute to the Black Man. #DadsOnDuty https://t.co/F5N4MOKA7N
— Wakeel Allah (@wakeelallah) October 23, 2021
— Rasta Redpill (@RastaRedpill) October 23, 2021
— Trevor Donovan (@TrevDon) October 23, 2021
— Ebony Jade Hilton, MD (@EbonyJHilton_MD) October 23, 2021
— Nick Zano (@NICKZANO) October 23, 2021