Teacher Gives Student Shoes to Walk Across the Stage

On the most important day of a high schooler’s life – graduation day – Hahnville High School senior Daverius Peters narrowly averted a crisis, thanks to the intervention of a caring teacher.

On graduation day, Peters arrived at the local town convention center where the graduation was occurring. Upon his arrival, Peter was barred from entering the procession because his shoes violated the dress code.

Peters said, “She just stopped me saying I couldn’t wear my shoes.”

According to the school’s graduation dress code, students are required to wear dark dress shoes. Peters was wearing black leather sneakers with white rubber soles.

Noticing the commotion, John Butler, one of the teacher’s at the school noticed Peters and walked over.

“There were only about five minutes left until the doors to graduation closed, and I was waiting outside for my wife to join us when Daverius comes to me in a panic and tells me they are not letting him walk the stage to receive his diploma and graduate,” Butler said.

Butler began to speak up for Peters with the school administrator, however, the administrator was adamant that Peters could not walk on stage if he violated the dress code.

Unsuccessful in his lobbying attempt to make an exception for Peters, Butler, in what he called a “no-brainer” took off his shoes and gave them to Peters. Gratefully, Peters and Butler were the same shoe size.

Peters described the incident saying, “At first, he asked me ‘What size I was?’ I said, ‘a 9,’ and he gave me his shoes. I slipped on his shoes like slippers because of how big it was.”

Peter’s mom, dad, grandma and siblings recall their confusion with trying to identify Peters when his name was called.

Peter’s mother Jima Smith said, “I’m like, ‘That is Daverius,’ and they were like, ‘No, that is not Daverius. That kid has on brown shoes.’”

After graduation, Smith learned from her son that Butler had loaned Peters his shoes so that he would be able to walk across the stage and receive his diploma.

An elated mother, after graduation Smith called Mr. Butler and expressed her appreciation for helping to make her son’s day special.

Source: USA Today