A few minutes before graduation, a teacher from Hahnville High School, located in Boutte, Louisiana, United States, exchanged his shoes with those of young Daverius Peters so that the latter could step onto the stage. The high school student allegedly did not respect the dress code that had been submitted to the students, namely to wear dark-colored shoes and not to put on sneakers or open models. Daverius Peters thought that what he had on his feet met the criteria.
This final year student indeed told CNN that he had arrived at the ceremony organized by his school with a pair of black leather shoes. As he was about to step onto the platform to receive his diploma, he could not pass the door of the room. A member of staff told him that his shoes did not comply with the regulations, and that he was therefore not allowed to participate in the ceremony.
Too big shoes and barefoot teacher
Daverius Peters quickly noticed a teacher, John Butler, whom he had known several times before during his high school years. The student, nervous, therefore advanced towards him. “I said to Mr. John: ‘Mr. John, she just told me that I can’t graduate and take the stage because of my shoes ””, explained the high school student. The teacher first accompanied the student to the entrance, hoping to clarify the situation with the person who had refused to let him in. Unfortunately, this one did not give way.
“At that time, I didn’t have time to get angry or argue with her, I didn’t think about it”, said the professor. He then took off his shoes, two sizes above Daverius Peters’ shoe size, which he put on before finally entering the room, a few minutes before graduation. Professor Butler therefore remained barefoot for the remainder of the ceremony. “You don’t prevent a teenager from graduating, it’s the most important moment in his life right now. We don’t take that away for something as ridiculous as shoes, but that was exactly what was going to happen ”, he exclaimed.
The young man’s mother, Jima Smith, said she was very sad about what happened to her son. “I had no idea what my child was going through to graduate. It shouldn’t happen to any student, parent or teacher, period. I am truly grateful that Mr. Butler was there to save my son’s day. ”
The school admitted the facts and Stevie Crovetto, director of public relations, told CNN that the dress code for graduation ceremonies should be reviewed. “We appreciate that this event has been brought to our attention, so that we can continue our work towards more inclusive and equitable practices. We congratulate Mr. Butler on this selfless act of kindness. ”
Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.
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