"Hurricane" and "Earthquake" take Westside High School

Their official title is "hall monitor," but students and administrators say two employees at Westside High School are doing a lot more than keeping the halls clear.

Principal Julia Daniely calls Daniel Davis and Terrence Turner "Earthquake" and "Hurricane."

"Life was awful before they got here," said Dre'Quan Taylor, a student.

"Every class period you almost saw a fight," said Markell Barron, a student.

Daniely said they had about four or five gangs, and calls Turner and Davis' presence the work of God.

"They were sent to help me make sure that my teachers, my parents, my students are safe. Because the community is hard, but this is the only safe place," she said.

The childhood friends pride themselves on being approachable to students.

"A lot of them just see our size and get scared, but then they see that we can humble down and talk to them on their level, let them know, 'Look, I was your age before, too,'" said Davis

"I got a call from a kid at 3:00 in the morning, and he called me and he was just going on and on and on. I told him, 'When you get to school, first thing in the morning, wait for me,'" said Turner.

And for students don't have a male role model, the men are willing to fill those shoes.

"It's more than just being what we are assigned to do, being monitors, discipline task force. We got kids that got all types of situations, that are going on. You can see it on their faces when they come to school," said Turner.

Like 17-year-old football player Dre'Quan Taylor who said he was getting into serious trouble.

"But when they came, they picked me up and told me all the right things to do and how to fix the wrong that I was doing," he said.

"Earthquake" and "Hurricane" also enforce what they call "PUMP," or "Pull Up My Pants."
Something Markell Barron, 16, has seen make an impact on students.

"You see them changing, pulling up their pants. They feel more better about themselves because they dressing right. Teachers looking at them like, 'Wow, who is this person?' And that feels good, you feel good to be a part of a club that is changing everybody," said Barron.

Students said these men are like magic, but Turner and Davis don't really see themselves as heroes.

"I take it with the presence of being humble because I just want to do what I feel what God has led me to do. This is my passion. This doesn't feel like work to me," said Davis.

"I consider myself honored to be a part of their lives," said Turner.


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