Boutte, LA

Louisiana Teacher Offers Up His Shoes To Student At Graduation Ceremony

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A high school senior in Louisiana was almost banned from walking in his graduation ceremony after he failed to meet the school’s shoe policy. Then a teacher stepped in to help.

Daverius Peters arrived at the Boutte, Louisiana graduation on May 19, 2021 and was blocked from entering the building. A school representative told him he had violated the ceremony’s dress code shoe policy. Daverius wore a pair of black leather Alexander McQueen shoes, which he thought met the school's code.

Beginning to panic, Daverius decided to ask John Butler, a student mentor at the school, for help. His teacher spoke to the school faculty member at the door, who repeated the decision that the student's shoes were unacceptable. John immediately took his shoes off and gave them to the student.

Even though the shoes were two sizes too big for him, he was relieved he would be able to attend his own graduation. He glided across the stage to accept his diploma, gripping the shoes with his toes curled.

“When Mr. John said I can wear his shoes, my joy came back,” Peters said.

Why it was good:

It was impressive and heart-warming to know that there are still selfless and generous people who don’t hesitate to offer whatever help they can to others in need.

Even sweeter when you read that the educator John Butler was at the graduation ceremony because his own daughter was graduating that night.(He attended shoe-less.)

The school is currently discussing revising the current dress code to have “more inclusive and equitable practices.”

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