Black dads volunteer to keep peace at Louisiana high school after 23 students were arrested in string of violence

A Louisiana high school went through a week of fights that lead to 23 students being arrested in three days. The series of fights caused Southwood High School parents knew something had to change according to CBS News. Several Black dads decided to form Dads on Duty — a group of about 40 dads who take shifts spending time at the school in Shreveport, Louisiana. The dads greet students in the morning and helping maintain a positive environment at the school. The initiative seems to be working as it hasn’t been any fights on campus since the dads have been on campus.

None of the fathers have degrees or experience in school counseling or criminal justice, however, 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 told CBS News.

Students also think the dads are making an impact at the school.

“I immediately felt a form of safety,” one of the students said. “We stopped fighting; people started going to class.”

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