When Daverius Peters arrived at his high school graduation ceremony on May 19, he was immediately blocked from entering the convention center where it was being held.
Peters, 18, was wearing the mandatory purple cap and gown, but a school representative standing at the front door told him his shoe selection was wrong.
John Butler, a teacher at Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana, had a pretty good reason for standing in his socks during the school’s graduation ceremony. He had given a student, Daverius Peters, the shoes off of his own feet.
“Daverius came up to me in a panic and he said, ‘Mr. John, they’re not going to let me graduate.’ And I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because of the shoes that I’m wearing,'” Butler said.
A school representative barred Peters from the ceremony, saying his black sneakers with white soles didn’t meet the dress code. The 18-year-old said he was pacing outside when he saw Butler’s familiar face and told him what happened.
“It was just a no-brainer to me to just take my shoes off and give them to him,” Butler said.
They were big shoes to fill — two sizes too big.