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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.
 

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The teenager who shot four people in an Arlington, Texas high school on Wednesday was released on $75,000 bond after turning himself in.

Timothy George Simpkins, 18, walked free from jail after he turned himself accompanied by his attorney on Wednesday evening.

The teenager posted bond hours after he shot up a classroom at Timberview High School on Oct. 6.

Family members say Simpkins was constantly "bullied" because he "was rich" and "had nice things."

Carol Harrison Lafayette, a spokesperson for the family, told reporters that Simpkins had been bullied and robbed twice at school.

"This is a situation where Timothy was being bullied," Harrison Lafayette said.

"It had been reported to the principals right along with the teachers. I'm not trying to justify the gun that was brought, but when you're being bullied, when there's bullies, throughout this nation you hear of young people ... committing suicide."

She described Simpkins as an "outgoing, loving person" who lives with his grandmother who helped raise him.

"He's been around his grandmother, his loving mother, they taught him to love, and he was a giver... mostly well liked up until the point where he got into his senior year... He was looking forward to graduating and doing something with his life."

Cell phone video taken by another student shows a boy who looks like Simpkins covering his head with his hands while a 15-year-old boy punched him repeatedly.
 

After the fight, Simpkins reportedly retrieved a black Glock handgun from his backpack and shot the 15-year-old, who is still hospitalized.

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An Instagram photo shows Simpkins sitting in his silver Dodge Charger with a black handgun visible in the driver's side door pocket.

Simpkins also allegedly shot 25-year-old Calvin Pettitt, a male teacher who broke up the fight. Pettitt was shot in the back. A female student who was grazed by a bullet was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

It isn't clear why Simpkins was in the same class as a 15-year-old.

Simpkins' family claims he was bullied by other students because he has nice things. They claim he lashed out in self-defense.

His family described Simpkins as a 'lovable' kid who was only trying to defend himself.
 

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Police have arrested a student wanted in a mass shooting at a Texas high school on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Timothy George Simpkins, 18, was arrested without incident and charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault, the Arlington Police Department tweeted.

Simpkins went on a shooting rampage at Timberview High School in Arlington.

Investigators said Simpkins opened fire wounding four people after getting into a fistfight in a classroom.

Three of the victims were transported to local hospitals. Their conditions are unknown.

One victim, a pregnant teacher, refused treatment.

Simpkins reportedly fled in a 2018 silver Dodge Charger muscle car with license plate number PFY6260.

Three of the victims were students and were hospitalized, according to law enforcement officials.

Update: Added video of classroom fight before shooting.
 


 

Simpkins is vaccinated, according to his social media profile.

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A Michigan teenager who fatally stabbed a high school classmate during an argument over a boy was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Tanaya Lewis, 19, pleaded no contest last month to first-degree premeditated murder in the September 2018 stabbing death of 16-year-old Danyna Gibson.

Gibson was stabbed multiple times in the chest and back by Lewis, who brought a steak knife to Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Lewis chased Gibson around a classroom and stabbed her numerous times in front of horrified students and a teacher.

Lewis, who was then 17, said she still has nightmares about attacking Gibson during a fight over her ex-boyfriend.

"If could take it back, I would," Lewis said during Wednesday's hearing. "I accept the punishment ... and I know no amount of apologies will take it back ... and I'm so, so sorry. I just hope one day, you'll be [able to] forgive me."

Lewis will be eligible for parole after 25 years due to credit for time served.

Gibson's aunt, Christina Ford, read a statement via video on behalf of the victim's mother. She said there's "really no words" to explain the pain caused by losing a child to violence.

"I mourn the loss of my baby every day," the statement read. "Times does not heal. It is more of a punishment because the more time that passes the more I realize I will never see my baby again."

"You took a life that was so beautiful," the statement continued. "All I ask is that the Lord have mercy on your soul."

The aunt said she didn't think the family would be able to forgive Lewis.

"She gets a chance to get out and have whatever life she has left. Yeah, it's going to be hard for her to get a job because she's a felon. So what? She still gets to see her people. She still gets to have kids, she still gets to get married, she still gets to do all that. My niece doesn't."

Gibson, a straight-A student, was studying to be a computer engineer and was already learning how to build robots, her father said.

"I feel like I was robbed by the system," Preston Gibson said. "I feel like I was robbed by her mother and I feel like I was robbed by a teenager. Although my baby's not here, I'm still paying child support. My baby's dead and I don't get no justice for it. This is how I feel. Everybody who played a part in her death... f*** y'all."

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A Maryland teacher was arrested and booked into the county jail after she was caught on video fighting a student in her classroom. Vivian Noirie, 36, was charged with child abuse and assaulting the student at Largo High School.

The fight occurred at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, when the student confronted Noirie after she contacted her parents the day before.

Cell phone video shows Noirie repeatedly punching and kicking the student, who fights back. The teacher is wearing a grey top.

To their credit, the other students separated the combatants before two teachers stepped in to stop the altercation.

Police say they are also pursuing assault charges against the 17-year-old female student after reviewing the viral video.

According to Fox5 DC, the school's website says Noirie teaches Spanish at the school.