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Dads find creative way to combat violence at Louisiana high school

Looks like father does know best.

A group of dads sprang into action following a major outbreak of violence at a Louisiana high school — and brought peace back to the campus.

“Dads on Duty,” a squad of about 40 fathers from Southwood High School in Shreveport, are getting credit for calming things down after 23 students were arrested in just three days in a series of brawls at the school, CBS News said.

“We’re dads,” group founder Michael LaFitte told the outlet. “We decided the best people who can take care of our kids are who? Are us.”

Violence erupted at the 2,200-student school last month — including a Sept. 16 melee that landed 14 kids in handcuffs, the outlet reported.

Disturbing footage posted on Twitter by CBS shows several students wailing on each other as dozens of others stand by and watch.

A group of dads 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.
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The students of the high school say it's working and there hasn't been a single incident on campus since the dads showed up.
The students of the high school say it’s working and there hasn’t been a single incident on campus since the dads showed up.
CBS

Several students were expelled and others were suspended in connection to the fights, according to a Fox News report.

That’s when the dads stepped in, taking shifts to patrol the school, keeping eyes on their kids and troublemakers in the building.

LaFitte said “Dad’s on Duty” relied on the combination of tough love and good old humiliation.

The group was formed after one week where 23 high school students were arrested in connection to a major outbreak of violence.
The group was formed after one week where 23 high school students were arrested in connection to a major outbreak of violence.
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“They hate it!” LaFitte said, referring to the students. “They’re so embarrassed by it.”

But for many students, it’s a welcome dose of fatherly love.

“The school has just been happy,” one student told Fox. “And you can feel it.”

Violence erupted at the 2,200-student school last month -- including a September 16, 2021 melee that landed 14 kids in handcuffs.
Violence erupted at the 2,200-student school last month — including a September 16, 2021 melee that landed 14 kids in handcuffs.

The dads are now thinking of taking their show on the road and are considering launching various chapters throughout the state.


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