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23 students were arrested at Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana for fighting over the course of three days.

The violence ended when a group of Black fathers decided to take matters into their own hands and patrol the school's hallways.

The fathers call themselves "Dads On Duty" and they have already made a difference in a school that was known for violence among the students and toward teachers.

Southwood is a majority Black high school where the students are primarily raised by single mothers in fatherless households.

Parent Michael LaFitte saw a need for strong Black fathers to patrol the hallways to represent the father figures that some students lack at home.

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"We're dads. So, we decided the best people who can take care of our kids are who? Are us," LaFitte, told CBS Evening News.

Another dad said, "Because not everybody has a father figure at home." LaFitte added, "Or a male, period, in their life. So just to be here makes a big difference."

The men don't just patrol the hallways to protect their own children, they also get to know the students on a first name basis.

Dads On Duty are examples of real men for young Black males. They encourage students to do better in class -- things a father would do at home.

Dads On Duty has 40 members who volunteer to work shifts at the school as peace-keepers.

The group is so successful that there are are plans to take Dads On Duty national with chapters in cities where school violence is rampant - such as Chicago, New York City, and Atlanta.