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Dads on duty
Linda Buxa
by Linda Buxa
June 16, 2024

At Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, 23 students were arrested over the course of three days due to violent fights. About 40 dads decided to step up to be part of the solution. “We’re dads. We decided the best people who can take care of our kids are who? Are us,” said father Michael LaFitte. Calling themselves Dads on Duty, these men take turns spending time at school, encouraging the students and helping maintain a positive environment. They’ve turned the school from a fight club into a refuge. “I immediately felt a form of safety,” one of the students said. “The school has just been happy—and you can feel it,” said another.* 

Today is the day in the U.S. that we set aside to honor fathers and recognize the vital role they play in the lives of children. Science shows that children who have a father present have higher rates of performance at school, tend to excel in their careers, have elevated levels of physical and mental health, become better problem-solvers, are more confident and empathetic, and are more economically stable. In addition, their communities are safer, as the Dads on Duty showed.

Children who have a father who believes in Jesus also receive the best positive impact of all: “Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge” (Proverbs 14:26).

Thanks, dads, for being on duty, for creating a place of both physical and spiritual refuge for children!