Be a positive and active male role model

Published 12:01am Sunday, December 30, 2012

In 1998, there was a shooting at a middle school in Jonesboro, Ark.

A concerned father of one of the students decided to do something to lessen the chances of it happening again. So he started spending time at the school during school hours, providing an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security at the school.

Other men started coming also, and eventually they organized a program called Watch D.O.G.S. — Dads of Great Students. Today there are more than 2,610 active Watch D.O.G.S. programs in 42 states.

In the spring of 2011, Natchez High School’s parent liaison, Ms. Angelita Jones, handed me a brochure about the program and asked me to consider coordinating it at the school. After researching the program’s background, I gladly agreed to give it a try.

Mr. Cleveland Moore, the principal, the interim superintendent and the Natchez-Adams School District Board of Directors also submitted their support to start the program at the high school during the fall of 2011.

As of today, at least 40 men are Watch D.O.G.S. at Natchez High School, and proper procedures are being followed to begin a program at Morgantown Middle School in 2013.

Do you really want to make a difference by being a positive and active male role model?

If so, contact me at 601-334-6955 to become a Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer.

Have you heard about any school shootings lately?


Greg West

Natchez resident

  • Anonymous

    A good program to help prevent a shooting from within, but what about from without?

  • Wilson Phillips

    I think it will do more than just prevent shootings. Extra eyes and ears on the school grounds can help put a stop to bullying, drug deals, verbal and physical abuse, etc. The teachers cannot be everywhere. I am sure they are appreciative of the help.

  • Anonymous

    Controlled access. If its good enough for office complexes all over the country its good enough for schools.

  • Anonymous

    You’d pretty well have to fence them in. Most schools have multiple access points and are surrounded by open land, gullies, etc. which provides easy access to the school grounds, then those doors with the inside push bar locks which won’t go away due to fire regulations (unarmed accomplice accesses the school through normal access point, then let’s the gun carrier in through another door). NHS would be a trip to lock down with the separate building pods all around. And, of course, if the controlled access point isn’t armed as in CT, all they have to do is shoot their way past the locks.

  • Anonymous

    I generally agree but “prevent” is a very definitive term. I’m not sure we as a people are able to “prevent” anything. Natchez High is a very open campus with no central class building so it would be pretty much impossible to control access in a school like that. Office buildings are built with security in mind. Schools should be as well. Columbine being the exception, crazed shooters don’t generally have accomplices so from a perspective of odds, that one is practically nil.

    Personally, I think most anything suggested is really an over-reaction. Don’t get me wrong, we should put as many deterrents in place as possible but the fact is that, in the U.S., one has a greater statistical chance of being killed by a lightning strike than being shot to death at a school.

    I look at the domestic over-reactions to 9-11 (TSA bullies, crazy airline rules, etc.) and really hate to think of such nonsense being implemented in schools. Kids are already getting arrested and questioned by police for innocuous scribblings or personal interests in chemistry. Folks really need to step back, take a deep breath or two and employ some rationality and reason, if such a thing is even possible with modern Americans..

  • khakirat

    Help me out folks, has all these past school shooting only happen in public schools??!! There hasn’t been one in a private school has it??!! So, these folks ought to ask these private schools what they are doing right?? First thing this parents are paying for their kids to get a education and being parent to see their kids are doing what they suppose to be getting done. Security must be working huh’??!!