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High school teacher gives student shoes off of his feet after he was barred from graduation for violating dress code by wearing $580 sneakers

High school teacher gives student shoes after he was banned from graduation for wearing

  • Daverius Peters, 18, was fully in dress code for his May 19 graduation, minus his $580 Alexander McQueen sneakers
  • Teacher John Butler gave Peters his own tan loafers so he could walk the stage
  • Peters' mother was 'very upset' that someone could 'rip' moment away from son
  • Butler and Peters' mother will meet with school administrators to address the incident and prevent it from happening again
  • A school representative said they 'absolutely will follow up on that'

A Louisiana high school teacher offered his own shoes to a student who had been barred from his graduation ceremony because the sneakers he was wearing violated the school's dress code.  

With his purple cap and gown, Daverius Peters was ready to walk across the stage and enter the next chapter of his life on May 19, until a school representative stopped him in his tracks.

'She said my shoes violated the dress code and I couldn’t attend the ceremony unless I changed them,' said Peters, an 18-year-old senior at Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana according to the Washington Post.

Peters had been wearing black leather Alexander McQueen sneakers with white soles, which retail for $580, but the school's graduation dress code stipulates that male students are to wear dark dress shoes, stressing that 'no athletic shoes' are allowed.  

'I was in shock,' Peters said. 'I felt humiliated. I just wanted to walk across the stage and get my diploma.'

Peters launched a panicked search for a solution before finding one in teacher John Butler, who stripped off his own loafers for the teen to wear during the ceremony. 

Butler shared his side of the story on Facebook and was met with widespread praise for his act of kindness. 

However, some social media users took issue with Peters, saying that he should have followed the dress code in the first place. 

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. Pictured: A sock-footed Butler (left) poses for a photo with Peters (right) in his loafers on graduation day
With his purple cap and gown, Peters (pictured) was ready to walk across the stage and enter the next chapter of his life on May 19, until a school representative stopped him in his tracks and told him he couldn't participate in the graduation ceremony because his $580 Alexander McQueen sneakers violated the school's dress code

With his purple cap and gown, Peters (pictured) was ready to walk across the stage and enter the next chapter of his life on May 19, until a school representative stopped him in his tracks and told him he couldn't participate in the graduation ceremony because his $580 Alexander McQueen sneakers violated the school's dress code

'I thought I could wear them because they’re black,' Peters said of his original footwear, noting that he had followed the rest of the dress code.

Lucky for him, he spotted Butler, 38, while pacing outside the convention center.

Butler is a paraeducator at the school known for mentoring many of his students. 

'Last minute before they close the doors to graduation. The young brother comes walking towards me in a panic,' Butler recalled in a Facebook post that has garnered 27,000 reactions and over 3,000 comments.

He said he tried talking to the 'lady,' but she told him the same thing.

'So then it becomes a no brainer to me, a no more questions asked scenario,' Butler said. 'I gave him the shoes on my feet.'

'The young brother comes walking towards me in a panic,' Butler recalled in a Facebook post that has garnered 27,000 reactions and over 3,000 comments

'The young brother comes walking towards me in a panic,' Butler recalled in a Facebook post that has garnered 27,000 reactions and over 3,000 comments

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.

A representative for Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana said the school will 'absolutely' follow up on the incident

A representative for Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana said the school will 'absolutely' follow up on the incident

School spokesperson Stevie Crovetto said that 'any time an opportunity is presented to us to review and to make improvements, we absolutely will follow up on that.' 

He went on to applaud the teacher's instinct.

'We are not the least bit surprised that Mr. Butler did this kind gesture for this senior,' he said.

'If it wasn’t for Mr. Butler’s kind and thoughtful act, my child would have been sitting outside, and I wouldn’t have known,” Smith said. 

'I pray he will continue to work in the public school system because we need more teachers like him. Our young black men need good role models and mentors like Mr. Butler.'

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Comment by vaughn mitchell on June 4, 2021 at 7:10pm
Bad type o, he should be praised. He may not have a father around to show him, and let him know that their is a time to wear sneakers and a time to wear dress shoes.
Comment by vaughn mitchell on June 4, 2021 at 7:08pm
He did what was required of him to graduate. Why harp on the fact that the sneakers were $ 580. Did he buy those sneakers? I use to go church every Sunday in a suit or shirt and tie, Catholic church, but I see Spanish people dress less, maybe because they cannot afford it, I told my mom, GOD, don't give care how you dress, as long as you praise him. That young man should not praise for graduating from high school not to look down on him for wearing expensive sneakers to his gradation.
Comment by God must be a white man on June 4, 2021 at 3:30pm

Hi, Sufferrahsmusic Media Prod, lets communicate with each other without using profanity, saying them with hyphen or straight out. I looked at all you said in your reply to others posting and ask you why are we fools?

Is it because we are not thinking like you do? Are is it that we are thinking way ahead, as into I can do something for myself if and when the time because I seriously look at money management as one of the sources of me staying alive, monetarily.

I knock no one for wanting to wear, eat, sleep, drive, live in (house), care for their children, the best, but stop and think how many of us can do so readily? How many? Most are poor, and is in to debt up to and pass their head, and get sick and die leaving others to pay for it.

Questions; why do I have to have or want what my peer has/have?

The next door-neighbors?

Our family, bro, sis, uncle, aunty, mom and dad etc? why?

Why can I look at what happening around me and make every penny counts? Why?

You don’t have to answer this, it is something to think about, how much you really worth, and I am address you, again how much do you worth?

How does it feel when you can afford anything you want/need for yourself? Plain and simple you can buy it out right, don’t have to beg, steal or borrow.

Again, I wish no one to want to have the best, but let this best be one where you weight the tomorrow cost and don’t have to worry of a monthly bill you can’t or won’t be able to pay.

To be money wise will only give you 100 and 10 percent independency and not 110% interest, owed to anyone/someone entity.

Resulting you sleeping well at nights.

Everyone own the future and it’s what we do with the prospect of knowing that if I stop and think on what little I have today that come tomorrow if I money manage myself, I will have for a later day.

On the saying “God must be a white man”, case in point; two workers one white, the other black, sees each other every day at work, the black-one states why does the white-one  wear the same clothes every day? as he the black-one is always nicely dress, it got back to the white-one, he responded, I buy a set of tops and bottom (clothes) and I wash and wear them one after the other, so I don’t have to spend on different types (clothes) as this will only cost me more, as I am not making someone else rich from me working every day. My appearances as nothing to do with my level of competence and money etiquettes. So, “God must be a white man”, because he is wiser than some black man.

The young man that was given the shoe don’t know life etiquettes and there for he seeks for what the crowd think he should look-like, hence he stays poor.

Congratulations on his education and achievements.

But he fails, as someone (his teacher) has to give him, his “shoe” for him to be looked at by all whom saw him on that day of his graduation as a person whom as it right, and not as (penny wise and pound foolish), “to be extremely careful about small amounts of money and not careful enough about larger amounts”, wearing a shoe that is out of place with his mind set, as if there were an employer in the audience that would be looking for workers, he would be considered as that potential candidate for the job, as his appearance would have said, so.

There is a place and time for everything, this is not one of them. (time)

I would not want you for a friend, worker, pal, chump etc, if your mind set is not one of, I too can be a leader and not a follower.

There are Many foot-soldiers, but few generals

For heaven-safe, stop the slave mentality, the poverty, in debt syndrome, hiding from the bill collector persons, friends and families, by money managing our finances, owing no one, in turn staying debt free and health happy.

“God must be a white man”

Comment by Tyrone on June 4, 2021 at 10:47am

@Sufferahsmusic Media Prod......thank you for sharing that.

Comment by Sufferahsmusic Media Prod on June 4, 2021 at 10:01am
Stfu .... the kid did what was required of him to graduate gtfoh with your slave mentality ... its his day let him wear tge shoe he want you uncle toms “god must be white shame on you” Tyrone shut your b**** ass up you punk and Robert stop watching his pocket watch his achievement you little b**** ..tf wrong with all three of you, you sound like a bunch of fools
Comment by God must be a white man on June 4, 2021 at 12:01am

Most still have the slave syndrome and pass it on, as they/we work from sun up to sun down, given or got no pay! for work done, in so, they/we never have nothing (earthly wealth), so when we get (money), spend, spend, spend and spend again, not thinking we should break this syndrome.

Resulting in save, save, save and save again.

Has I strongly believe, God must be a white man. 

Comment by Tyrone on June 3, 2021 at 6:26pm

@Robert that's the point.  We (black people) don't understand or have any concept of money and the use of it.  We are the biggest consumers contributing to over 90% of what's bought and yet we are the poorest.  That makes absolutely no sense.  We want to drive expensive cars (Mercedes, BMW, Audi etc) that we can't really afford to maintain, and we just spend spend spend.  Then after we accumulate all the debt in the world, we have no savings for a rainy day.  It's just ridiculous how we live.  Do you know, that people that are financially stable, when their children are about 2 years old, they open credit lines for their children.  You know what we open for our children, an expensive Nike box, expensive jeans and other silly things that have no future value.  Man we lost.  I personally know people that are millionaires and they're are some of the most cheapest people you can ever meet.  They're not flashy, and they dress so simple you wouldn't even believe they're wealthy.  Look at how Bill Gates dress, he looks like a dork and yet he's one of the wealthiest people in the world.  Look at Jeff Bezos of Amazon, most of the time this guy is wearing jeans and t-shirts and some regular sneakers, yet he's worth billions.  These wealthy ones hand down wealth to their off-springs generation after generation.  What do we hand down to our children?  Absolutely nothing.  We as black people need to wake up.

Comment by Robert on June 3, 2021 at 5:27pm
He's graduating he needs to learn the lesson of not wasting money on $580 sneakers. Even billionaires don't wear sneakers footwear that cost that much.
Comment by Tyrone on June 3, 2021 at 5:00pm

Maybe it's me.  But when do we wear sneakers to an official function?  What is wrong with our people?  Sneakers are for casual events, sporting events or just hanging out.  Maybe I'm old fashion, but I believe sneakers shouldn't be worn to event where it calls for business or business casual attire.  We have to learn there's a time and place for everything.  And by the way, there's no way I'm spending $580 for a pair of sneakers.  To me that's insane.  But hey that's just my opinion......you know what they say opinions are like A**holes, everyone has one.

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