40 Southwood dads from Shreveport, Louisiana showed up in October after gang fights led to 23 students being arrested for fighting. Since then, things have been much better. There has only been one fight and it happened outside of the dad’s watch in a classroom.
The group of Southwood fathers are now going through requests from over 100 schools and colleges across the country that want the program in their schools. Craig Lee, a city council candidate, is helping the group to expand to across the country.
“I’m one of those guys that when I jump on board on something, I’m all the way in. Right now, I need to be all the way in on Dads on Duty,” Michael La’Fitte told CBS after Will Smith, Congressman Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ray Ankrum, and school officials noticed how the dads being at the school has prevented violence and made the school better for the children.
“Our boots have not left,” La’Fitte said.
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