High school teacher gives student shoes off of his feet after he was barred from graduation for violating dress code
John Butler, a paraeducator at Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana, offered his own shoes to student Daverius Peters after he was barred from his graduation ceremony because the sneakers he was wearing violated the school’s dress code. There was only one problem – Butler’s tan loafers were two sizes too big. ‘So I just slipped them on like slippers,’ Peters told CBS News. His family was puzzled as they whispered to each other about Peters’ new footwear while he crossed the stage. ‘Wait a minute, whose shoes does he have on?’ Jima Smith, Peters’ mother, recalled whispering. ‘We were all confused.’ Peters’ brother even pointed out the strange man with no shoes sitting nearby, though the family wasn’t immediately able to make sense of it all. The senior returned the shoes and thanked the teacher after the ceremony. Smith said she felt ‘upset’ after learning what happened. ‘He worked so hard, and for someone to just rip that away from him, that was maddening to me,’ she said. Butler and Smith will both review the incident and the rules surrounding the dress code with school administrators.