It is often said in today’s culture that what is missing from the lives of many wayward youths is a solid, reliable father figure.
Sadly, far too many children these days grow up without one, so when fights kept breaking out at one Louisiana high school, a group of dads who are active and involved in their children’s lives stepped up to fill that role as best they could.
“Dads on Duty” was formed by several dozen fathers of students at Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana after frequent brawls at the school got so bad, that 23 students were arrested over just three days due to the ongoing violence.
Students say that the fighting has stopped now that these dads volunteer to be on campus, patrolling the halls, offering encouragement — and scathing, fatherly glares for anyone who might need them.
“We’re dads. We decided the best people who can take care of our kids are who? Are us,” Michael LaFitte told CBS News.
Not everyone has a father figure at home, one parent noted during an interview, to which LaFitte added, “Or a male, period, in their life. So just to be here makes a big difference.”
Since many children simply don’t have their own father figures, there is a lot to be said for strong, supportive men in their lives, period, even if it’s someone else’s father, and that’s where “Dads on Duty” have stepped in.
There’s now talk of creating other chapters across the country, the program has been so successful.
The over 40 fathers who have signed up to volunteer at the school take shifts on campus and students say the student body’s whole mood has changed.
“I immediately felt a form of safety,” one student told CBS.
“We stopped fighting; people started going to class,” another noted.
“The school has just been happy, and you can feel it,” said another child.
When one of the students asked how it can be that the dads have made such an impact, she replied, “You ever heard of a look?” referring to the stern glare parents often issue children who need an extra reminder to mind the rules.
Praise the Lord — what an awesome service these dads are providing the community!
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