One of the best parts about this job is getting the opportunity to roast a bunch of sh*theads for being sh*theads.
As much fun as it is, in the back of your mind you’re always thinking:
“Man, this world’s really going down the shitter.”
However, every now and then, we’ll run across a story that restores our hope in humanity… just like this one.
According to CBS News, Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, saw 23 students get arrested in only three days, as fights were constantly breaking out across the school.
The faculty and administration were at a wits end, and didn’t know what further actions to take to put the constant fighting to a stop.
So, what were the next steps?
When the school didn’t know, student’s families did.
A group of over 40 dads whose students attend Southwood High decided to get together, and put an end to the violence within the school.
The dads began taking shifts at the school throughout the day to greet the students, keeping a positive environment, and to inevitably put an end to the fighting.
And since the dads began this effort, the constant fighting has come to an end.
Dubbed the “Dad’s on Duty,” they realize the power and bond they hold among the students, even though none of them have degrees in school counseling or criminal justice.
One of the dads, Michael LaFitte, weighed in on why they do what they do:
“We’re dads. We decided the best people who can take care of our kids are who? Are us.
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.”
The students are even noticing the difference too.
“I immediately felt a form of safety. We stopped fighting; people started going to class.”
Another student noted that whenever it looks like some funny business is about to go down, the dads just give the students “the look” (Every kid knows about the look), and everything’s cool again.
The dads also said they’d like to start chapters of “Dad’s on Duty” across the state of Louisiana, and possibly the country.
Gotta love it.
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