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Men team up to protect school children

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Dozens of men are joining forces to protect city school children through the last days of school.  Stevie Moore is calling on all dads to get involved with their children's safety.

"These are our children," he said Friday. "They are our babies."

Moore has recruited approximately 60 men to take part in a new mentoring program dubbed Men Involved in School Safety, or MISS. 

"We're not police," he said. "We're not principals.  We're going to work directly with security from the schools."

The group's goal is to promote a safe environment at 15 schools in the Memphis City School District before and after school hours.

"What we're looking for is anything suspicious," Moore said. "They might have a big bag or something they might be carrying, a weapon or something.  We're looking for these types of things.  We just want to be nosey neighbors again."

Moore approached Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash about the idea.

Memphis City Schools released a statement saying quote, "We are excited about the opportunity to work with Mr. Moore and his organization.  There is a need for more men to get involved in this capacity- in and around schools addressing safety."

"We just want to be watchful eyes," Moore said. "If we see something happening, we'll be able to call back and say, 'Hey we got a problem,' and let whoever is in charge of security come and deal with it."

The men will spend the last two days of school volunteering at least an hour or more of their time.  They want to make sure students stay out of harm's way.

"Our slogan is going to be, 'We're going to tell on you if you do something today. We're going to tell, then right around the corner they're going to come and get you.'"

The group will hold a meeting for volunteers on Tuesday, May 19th at 4:30pm in the Memphis City School Board of Education auditorium.  At that time, volunteers are expected to receive their school assignments, hours and training.

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