Dads on Duty Show Importance of Fatherhood in a Community: Volunteer to Curb Violence in School

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A School Plagued by Violence was Saved by a Group of Dads Who Care About the Kids

‘We’re dads’, said Michael Lafitte. Perhaps no words resonate more about the importance of masculinity in the country. Michael is the founder of Dads on Duty, a group of fathers who take shifts to keep Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana safe. In the wake of fighting among the students in the school, Michael and his fellow dads did what dads do best—provide a presence of authority.

It’s smart, effective, and heartwarming, too.

According to a report by CBS Evening News, many of the students were happy to have them around.

“The school has just been happy — and you can feel it,” one student remarked.
“I immediately felt a form of safety,” another one shared. “We stopped fighting; people started going to class.”

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Positive Affirmations

Tracy Harris, one of the founding members of the group, share how they provide not just the right presence, but the emotional support too.

“When they see us, instead of us standing around or somebody looking around… we welcome them. We shake their hands. Whats up. How was your day. Good morning. Have a great day. Get to breakfast. Get to class on time. We give all kinds of positive affirmations to the kids. So they can have a comfortable learning environment.”

FDA (Father Dad Association)

According to Blaze Media content creator Jason Whitlock, there are many reasons why fatherhood is a great solution for America’s problems. Below is an excerpt from his article.

“Young people have a 99.9 percent chance of surviving COVID-19. Surviving without their dads in the homes? The outcomes are catastrophic. You’re far more likely to end up in jail, drop out of school, suffer depression, experience sexual assault, produce out-of-wedlock kids, join a gang, etc.

America needs a vaccine MANdate.

There are no negative side effects to men responsibly doing the job they were assigned — shepherding and discipling young people and families. Male energy passed clinical trials thousands of years ago. The Old Testament of the Bible says male energy achieved approval from the FDA — Father Dad Association — in the book of Genesis.”

Well said, Mr. Whitlock. Time tested values work.

Reactions to Dads on Duty

My column today discusses the significance of "Dads on Duty" in Louisiana and the need for a MANdate.

Jason Whitlock

Here’s what dads can do for their sons—when they act like dads. Inspiring!

Dinesh D'Souza

There’s another way. There’s always another way. I love this. Thank you #DadsOnDuty for showing up for everyone’s babies in this school. We need more of this and less police in schools.

Yvette Nicole Brown

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