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Editorial: WATCH D.O.G.S.

Posted: September 6, 2018 3:50 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2018 1:00 a.m.

We would like to give a shout out and a big thanks to Tyke Redfearn, who was instrumental in bringing the WATCH D.O.G.S. to Camden Elementary School. A story by Senior Writer Martin L. Cahn, on our front page, goes into more detail about the group and what it does, but essentially, WATCH D.O.G.S. is a national program with two main goals, to provide positive male role models for students and to provide extra eyes and ears to bolster school security and reduce bullying.

Mr. Redfearn said he first realized the need after the February mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people died. Children here in Kershaw County were terrified to go to school, he noticed, and he wondered what he could do to change that. Redfearn remembered a college classmate talking about a program with which he had become involved; that program turned out to be WATCH D.O.G.S.

Each member signs up to spend a day at the school. So far at least three have done this and many more have expressed interest. The program has been well received by both the school and the students. And while one of the goals is security, the main priority for this group is to provide positive male role models to students.

“We help with security but that’s not our aim,” he said. “We’re here to be mentors.”

We applaud and thank Mr. Redfearn – and all the gentlemen who have volunteered for this – and we encourage others to do the same, if not with this group, then in another area of need.

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