The shoes of a Louisiana high school student nearly prevented him from stepping across the stage at graduation, until he was given the shoes off his own feet by a teacher.

Because of the shoes he was wearing, Daverius Peters was almost unable to graduate. Peters was dressed in a black pair of sneakers with a white sole. A school staffer at the door warned him that the shoes he was wearing were not permitted and that he would not be admitted.

“They are black and white, they said you have to wear black colored, dark-colored shoes. She closed the door, she just closed it on my face,” Peters said.

He was pacing outside when he encountered teacher John Butler and told him what had happened, according to the 18-year-old.

“This is the biggest moment of your life up to this point and nobody is going to take that away from you,” said Butler.

“It was just a no-brainer to me to just take my shoes off and give them to him

They were, however, large shoes to fill. Quite literally.

“Well, his shoes are two sizes bigger,” said Peters. “I wear a 9, he wears an 11, so they felt like slippers. I was asking him, your daughter is graduating also with me, how are you going to watch her? He said I’m walking in with no shoes.”

Peters was able to graduate after the two walked inside.

Butler is being praised for stepping in to assist, but he claims it was nothing.

“Be kind to one another, be thoughtful, be empathetic, try to understand where other people are coming from. I just try my best to be the best human that I possibly can best for my kids. And I try to lead by example every day,” Butler said.

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