Fathers Form Group To Curb Violence At A Louisiana High School

Dads on Duty is having a positive impact.

In order to stop violence at  Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, a group of dads are stepping up.

According to CBS News, after a violent week of fighting in school that saw 23 students arrested in three days, Southwood High School parents knew something had to change. Fathers came together and formed Dads on Duty — a group of about 40 dads who take shifts spending time at the school greeting students in the morning and helping maintain a positive environment for learning, rather than fighting.

One student said, "I immediately felt a form of safety. We stopped fighting; people started going to class."

Michael LaFitte, the founder of Dads on Duty, said, "We're dads. We decided the best people who can take care of our kids are who? Are us.”

The fathers are interested in creating more chapters of Dads on Duty in Louisiana and maybe throughout the country.

The students say it's working — and the numbers prove it. CBS News reports there hasn't been a single fighting incident on campus since the dads showed up.

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