KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) — Precisely one week since a scholar at Schlagle Excessive College stabbed one other scholar with scissors at first of the varsity day, leaders in training, legislation enforcement, psychological well being and extra spilled right into a KCK church on the invitation of 1 dad who needs to make a distinction.
Joseph Straws, III has 5 youngsters who’re both in or graduated from KCKPS district faculties. His oldest son, a 2017 Schlagle graduate, referred to as him as quickly as he noticed the information.
“It wasn’t, ‘Hey I went to highschool there, that’s loopy.’ It’s extra of a ‘Hey my little brother is about to go there in a few years,’” 22-year-old Matthew Straws stated of what fueled the unsettled feeling.
“It was type of a type of ‘sufficient is sufficient’ moments,” stated Joseph Straws, III.
The stabbing got here simply two weeks after he noticed what turned a viral CBS News report about an upbeat Louisiana group referred to as “Dads on Obligation,” spreading fist bumps and watchful seems to be within the hallways to cease fights earlier than they begin.
“I’m watching it and I’m like, ‘Wow, I want we might do one thing like that in our faculties right here domestically,’” the elder Straws recounted.
However then he obtained to fascinated by all the prevailing packages in faculties. His boys all benefitted from a nationwide one, with police, referred to as the OK Program, in place at Gloria Willis Center College and Schlagle Excessive College. OK stands for Our Youngsters.
“They assist them turn into higher males, you understand, assist out across the group,” stated Sixth-grader Emmanuel Straws.
Joseph Straws, III didn’t wish to depart all these current teams out, so he referred to as a gathering Monday evening to construct a coalition. Seven outreach teams within the college district responded. They moved to a church sanctuary when the primary room turned too small.
Every program rep, like Officer Rodney Boston with the OK Program, had a second to say the place *hey want a hand.
“The fathers particularly,” stated Boston. “We want the fathers. Black males.”
Kansas Metropolis, Kansas Public Colleges Superintendent Dr. Anna Stubblefield was there largely to hear however provided some perception as nicely.
“A whole lot of our college students who’re making choices which might be detrimental to themselves and others don’t actually really feel like they’ve something to lose or stay for,” stated Stubblefield.
Matthew Straws stated the identical was true when he was in highschool, which is why he thinks the correct of mother or father patrol can have a optimistic impression.
“Lots of people really feel like they’re alone” he stated, “and in the event that they see fathers and folks there taking day out of their day to be there. I imply, I imply, for me if I used to be in class seeing that, I imply, that may simply imply the world.”
No choices have been made Monday evening. It was largely an opportunity to gauge curiosity, see what roles current teams can play, and discover a approach to embark on a brand new program with out taking away from these already making a distinction.
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