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Louisiana high school students enjoy tough love, dad jokes, and safety thanks to Dads on Duty

About 40 concerned Louisiana high school parents are teaming up to make safety a priority at their kids’ school. CBS News reported, during a segment on Friday

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About 40 concerned Louisiana high school parents are teaming up to make safety a priority at their kids’ school. CBS News reported, during a segment on Friday (Oct. 22), that the committed dads started Dads on Duty after 23 students at Southwood High School were arrested within three days.

Every father involved in Dads on Duty takes turns patrolling the school during shifts in Shreveport, Louisiana. CBS reports that they greet schoolchildren in the mornings and help to create a conducive learning environment.

The administrators appear to be embracing the additional parental assistance even though they lack formal training in school counseling or criminal justice. “We’re dads.” they declare. What is the best person to take care of our children? Fathers on Duty founder Michael LaFitte said, “We’re us.”

Dad jokes have been exchanged, stern looks have been exchanged, and not a single act of violence has been committed since the dads arrived at school. A student said during the segment, “I felt safe right away.”. Students started going to class after we stopped fighting.

Another student remarked that students just make humorous comments such as, “Oh, hey, your shoe is untied,” when in fact, it is not untied.

“They don’t like it! Those students are so embarrassed,” LaFitte said of them.

The student even went so far as to say that since the dads arrived, “school has been happy”. Despite their short existence, Dads on Duty have certainly made their presence known. They intend to continue meeting at Southwood High School indefinitely and to inspire other dads to start chapters across Louisiana and the nation.

“Not everyone has a male in their life, especially a father figure to look up to. “Just being here makes all the difference,” the dads said.

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