A child was bullied and laughed at for wearing an orange shirt with a piece of paper attached to it with the homemade design of the University of Tennessee logo drawn on. And now The University of Texas is turning it into an official product.
The unnamed boy, who was a student at Altamonte Elementary School in Altamonte Springs, Florida, loves the university so much that he wanted to wear a University of Tennessee shirt at his elementary school’s college colors day. Since he didn’t have one, a teacher had suggested that he could wear an orange shirt to show his spirit.
When the day came, the boy proudly showed up to school wearing his shirt – an orange T-shirt with words “U.T.” written on a piece of paper and glued to the shirt. However, when he went to lunch, some girls at the lunch table next to him had made fun of his sign. The little boy was devastated. He cried and told his teacher, Laura Snyder.
Snyder took the story to the internet to see if she had any connections to the University of Tennessee to help make the shirt she planned to get him “a little extra special.”
The post went viral. The University of Tennessee contacted her to inform that they wanted to send him and the rest of his classmates a care package in support of her student.
“My student was so amazed at all the goodies in the box. He proudly put on the jersey and one of the many hats in the box. All who saw had either goosebumps or tears while we explained that he had inspired and touched the lives of so many people … My student got to pass out UT swag to his classmates. They were ecstatic!!” said Snyder.
The University of Tennessee decided that they would add his T-shirt design to its clothing line and part of the money raised from selling his shirt will be donated to an anti-bullying charity named STOMP Out Bullying.
The demand for the shirt design is so high that it crashed the school’s website.
“When I told [my student] that his design was being made into a real shirt and people wanted to wear it, his jaw dropped,” Snyder said in her latest update. “He had a big smile on his face, walked taller, and I could tell his confidence grew today! Thank you to the UT Nation for that!!”