“WHAT WE BECOME DEPENDS ON WHAT OUR FATHERS TEACH US AT ODD MOMENTS, WHEN THEY AREN’T TRYING TO TEACH US”

Louisiana Dads Team Up To Support Local High School After 23 Students Were Arrested In A Violent Week of Fighting

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https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/blogs/the-feels/louisiana-dads-team-support-local-high-school-23-students-arrested-violent-week-fighting

DAD’S ON DUTY!

“Last month, a high school in Shreveport, Louisiana, was in deep trouble. A brutal week of fighting in school saw 23 students arrested in three days. A local sheriff said he feared the students involved would either end up in jail or dead if the violence continued: “We have a gang problem there. We have several gangs that are trying to one up each other and trying to act like grown men when they are just kids.”

These teens were suffering from a condition of enhanced testosterone specific to humans called adolescence. Desperate parents knew something had to change, so they brought in some bull elephants. Yes, dads showed up.

“Some dads decided to take matters into their own hands,” “They 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 for learning, rather than fighting. The students say it’s working – and the numbers prove it. There hasn’t been a single incident on campus since the dads showed up.”

Read that again: There hasn’t been a single incident on campus since the dads showed up.

These men aren’t throwing their weight around. They’re not beating rogue teens into submission or being aggressive in any way. They don’t need to. Their very presence is enough to calm the kids – especially teenage boys – down. After all, if anyone can understand what a teenage boy is going through, it’s a dad who has “been there, done that.”

Their tactics? They simply interact with the students: teasing, encouraging, giving the occasional stern look, making dad jokes. “And it’s that perfect mix of tough love and gentle ribbing that dads do so well that has helped transform this school,” 

Why are the dads there? “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 dads said. Who’da thunk the mere presence of some bull elephants could make such a difference?

But it is. Students say the school feels both happier and safer. I seldom read news articles these days that make me grin from ear to ear, but this one did. 

Fatherlessness has reached crisis proportions in the last few decades. Starting in the 1960s, feminism encouraged sexual liberation and discouraged the “oppressive” patriarchy of a two-parent family structure. Fatherlessness exploded and – half a century later – shows no signs of slowing down. The statistics are grim: 63% of child suicides, 85% of all children with behavioral disorders and 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. Fatherless teen girls are eight times more likely to get pregnant.

Patrice Lewis lauds Louisiana men who stemmed school violence by just showing up

MY AllSTAR DADS – ON DUTY!

Maternal Granddad – Leslie Boney
Dad -William J Powers Sr.
Uncle – Nathaniel Boney

CONCLUSION – “WHAT WE BECOME DEPENDS ON WHAT OUR FATHERS TEACH US AT ODD MOMENTS, WHEN THEY AREN’T TRYING TO TEACH US”

As I walked in for my physical therapy session last week, a young PT greeted me, somewhat excited.  Someone told him a university I attended.  It was nice hearing his excitement and his own commitment to education.  After reading this article on these GREAT STRONG Louisiana Dads, I recognize I am a lucky man.  I had my own Dad Team.  My team of Dads and Moms mentored and watched over me.  They taught me so much without even trying. 

Today’s blog is dedicated to the memory of My Allstar Team Of Dads: Leslie Boney; William J Powers Sr.; Nathaniel Boney. I was triple BLESSED!

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