A kind-hearted high school teacher offered his own shoes to a student who had been barred from his graduation because the sneakers he was wearing violated the school’s dress code.
Wearing his purple cap and gown, Daverius Peters was ready to walk across the stage and enter the next chapter of his life on May 19, until a school representative stopped him.
“She said my shoes violated the dress code and I couldn’t attend the ceremony unless I changed them,” said Peters, an 18-year-old senior at Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana. Washington Post.
“I was in shock,” said Peters. ‘I felt humiliated. I just wanted to walk across the stage and get my degree.’
Peters launched a frantic search for a solution before finding one with teacher John Butler, who took off his own loafers for the teen to wear to the ceremony.
John Butler, a para-teacher at Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana, offered his own shoes to student Daverius Peters after being banned from his graduation because the sneakers he wore violated the school’s dress code. . Pictured: A sock-footed Butler (left) poses for a photo with Peters (right) in his loafers on graduation day
Wearing his purple cap and gown, Peters (pictured) was ready to walk across the stage and enter the next chapter of his life on May 19, until a school representative stopped him and told him he could not attend the graduation ceremony. ceremony because his $580 Alexander McQueen sneakers violated the school’s dress code
Peters wore black leather Alexander McQueen sneakers with white soles sell for $580, but the school’s graduation dress code requires male students to wear dark dress shoes, emphasizing that “no athletic shoes are allowed.”
“I thought I could wear them because they’re black,” he said, pointing out that he’d followed the rest of the dress code.
Luckily for him, he spotted Butler, 38, as he was pacing outside the convention center.
Butler is a para-teacher at the school who is known for mentoring many of its students.
“Last minute before closing the doors for graduation. The young brother comes running towards me in a panic,” Butler recalled in a… Facebook post that got 27,000 responses and more than 3,000 responses.
He said he tried to talk to the ‘lady’ but she told him the same.
“So then it becomes a no-brainer for me, a scenario where no more questions are asked,” Butler said. “I gave him the shoes on my feet.”
“The young brother comes running to me in a panic,” Butler recalled in a Facebook post that garnered 27,000 comments and more than 3,000 comments.
There was only one problem: Butler’s brown loafers were two sizes too big.
“So I just put them on like slippers,” said Peters CBS News.
His family was amazed when they whispered to each other about Peters’s new shoes as he crossed the stage.
“Wait a minute, whose shoes is he wearing?” Jima Smith, Peters’ mother, remembered that he had whispered. “We were all confused.”
Peters’ brother even pointed out the strange, shoeless man sitting nearby, although the family was not immediately able to understand everything.
The senior returned the shoes and thanked the teacher after the ceremony.
Smith said she felt “upset” after learning what had happened.
“He’s worked so hard, and someone just ripped that off him, it drove me crazy,” she said.
Butler and Smith will discuss the incident and dress code rules with school principals.
A representative from Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana said the school will “absolutely” follow up on the incident
School spokesman Stevie Crovetto said that “any time we are given the opportunity to evaluate and make improvements, we will absolutely follow through.”
He went on to applaud the teacher’s instinct.
“We’re not the least bit surprised that Mr. Butler made this kind gesture for this senior,” he said.
“If Mr. Butler hadn’t been kind and considerate, my child would have been sitting outside and I wouldn’t have known,” Smith said.
“I pray that he will continue to work in the public school system because we need more teachers like him. Our young black men need good role models and mentors like Mr. Butler.”