A high school teacher is praised for donating his shoes to a student – after the teenager was nearly barred from graduating because of his shoes.
On May 19, Daverius Peters, 19, a student at Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana, arrived for his graduation ceremony wearing a white shirt and tie, dark suit pants and d ‘a pair of black leather sneakers with white soles.
However, although he also had the requisite purple cap and robe, Peters learned that he could not enter the convention center where the ceremony was taking place due to his choice of shoes, a representative from the school. telling her at the door that her shoes “violated the dress code”.
“She said my shoes violated the dress code and I couldn’t attend the ceremony unless I changed them,” Peters said.The Washington Post, who noted that the school’s dress code required students to wear “dark dress shoes” and said no “sports shoes” were allowed.
Because graduation was about to begin, it also meant that Peters didn’t have the option to leave and go buy new shoes.
According to Peters, the realization that he would not be allowed to graduate left him “humiliated”, the teenager recounting The post office: “I was shocked. I felt humiliated. I just wanted to cross the stage and get my degree.
However, Peters was able to graduate after all, after John Butler, a para-educator at the school and Peters’ mentor, gave him his own shoes.
Recalling how Peters had approached him and explained the situation after spotting him outside the convention center, Butler, who was attending graduation as a parent, told the outlet: seemed crazy. There was nothing eccentric about his shoes.
Once he confirmed to school staff that Peters was not going to be allowed into his current outfit, Butler, who worked at the school for two years, gave the student his own shoes , a pair of beige moccasins, despite being three sizes too big.
“It was obvious,” he said. “It was the most important moment of his life so far, and I wasn’t going to let him miss it for anything.
After crossing the stage to receive his diploma, Peters returned the shoes to Butler after graduation, at which point he also thanked the educator for stepping in to help.
And while Butler said he was “just doing my part” with the gesture, he also told the outlet that he planned to speak with school administrators about the dress code.
“Something this small shouldn’t stop a child from having this great moment,” he said. “This is something that needs to be discussed in depth.”
On social media, the story of Butler’s help went viral, with many applauding the teacher for the heartwarming gesture.
“Hooray to #JohnButler for stepping in (pun intended) and supporting #DaveriusPeters. Kudos to both men, for doing the right thing and for graduating from high school, respectively. Educators should be liberators, not gatekeepers, ”one person tweeted.
On Facebook, where Butler told the story and where it has since been shared over 21,000 times, another wrote: “This young man will remember you and this day for the rest of his life. We need more people like you in this world. Thank you sir.”
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