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Louisiana Dads Started Spending Time At A High School After A Series Of Fights And There Hasn't Been One Since

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

Dads on Duty is a team of about 40 fathers in Shreveport, Louisiana, who are working together after a series of fights at a high school. Southwood High School hasn't seen a single incident since the fathers started patrolling the campus, CBS News reports

"We're dads. We decided the best people who can take care of our kids are who? Us," said Michael La'Fitte, the group's founder. La'Fitte also serves as president of Shreveport’s NAACP chapter, according to KTBS.  


Before the dads arrived, 23 students were arrested in a span of three days for fighting. One of the students was arrested after allegedly punching an assistant principal, according to KTBS 3. Now, the fathers have transformed the environment at the school, patrolling the campus, greeting the students every morning and making sure everybody gets to class on time. 

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

Another student said the dads also hold the incontestable power of the "look," to remind teens to keep their attitude in check. The dad jokes also play a key role in creating a positive environment.

"They just make funny jokes like, 'Oh, hey, your shoe is untied,' but it's really not untied," a student said.

None of the fathers have formal criminal justice or counseling degrees. But they use tough love and humor to make a difference in the lives of students.  

“Because not everybody has a father figure at home — or a male, period, in their life. So just to be here makes a big difference,” one of the fathers said. 

Dads on Duty aims to launch chapters of Dads on Duty throughout Louisiana. They also want to eventually extend their service to other parts of the country. 

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