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Louisiana high school teacher gives the student his own shoes so he can graduate


When a Louisiana high school student nearly failed to graduate because the shoes he wore violated the school’s dress code, a teacher literally stepped in to make sure the student would graduate.

The student, Daverius Peters, arrived at the local convention center in Bouette on May 19 and was warned by a school representative that he could not enter the building.

Although Peters wore work clothes, the agent told him that his shoes – black leather sneakers with white soles – did not meet the school’s dress code criteria for male students: dark suit shoes.

Although Butler's shoes were two sizes too big for Peters, the gesture ensured that Peters graduated.

Although Butler’s shoes were two sizes too big for Peters, the gesture ensured that Peters graduated.
(John Butler)

Then John Butler, an instructor and student mentor at the school, stepped in to help.

“It became a breeze for me,” Butler told FOX Television Stations’ Stephanie Weaver. “I took off my shoes immediately.”

Butler’s shoes were two sizes too big for Peter, but the student was reportedly relieved by the gesture.

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“We have to do it because no matter what, you go on that stage,” Butler told Peters. “He was smiling, he was handsome, and I was so happy about it.”

Thanks to Butler’s friendly gesture, Peters was able to go through the stage and receive his diploma.

Stevie Crovetto, director of public information for Hahnville High School, told FOX Television Stations that the school will be reviewing its dress code guidelines.

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“If we have the opportunity to improve current policies, procedures, guidelines, practices, etc., we will act accordingly and will revise the dress code for graduation. We appreciate your attention so we can continue can.” our work for more inclusive and fairer practices, “said Crovetto.

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