Bullied student’s homemade University of Tennessee shirt adopted by school for official design

An elementary school student who was bullied over his homemade T-shirt in support of the University of Tennessee will now see his design adopted into an official logo.

The University of Tennessee posted the T-shirt design it was officially branding on Twitter after the student’s T-shirt went viral.

The student’s shirt received attention online after Laura Snyder, the boy’s teacher at Altamonte Elementary School in Altamonte Springs, Fla., took to Facebook last week to detail the child’s experience.

{mosads}The student could be seen in photos shared by Snyder wearing an orange shirt with paper cutouts spelling “U.T.” pinned to his shirt to celebrate his elementary school’s “College Colors Day.”

“Some girls at the lunch table next to his (who didn’t even participate in college colors day) had made fun of his sign that he had attached to his shirt. He was DEVASTATED,” Snyder wrote.

Following Snyder’s post, the University of Tennessee was made aware of the situation and not only made a shirt out of the design, but also mailed the boy a care package full of gear and apparel.

“My student was so amazed at all the goodies in the box,” Snyder wrote in an update to her post. “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.”

CNN notes that a portion of proceeds from every shirt will go to an anti-bullying foundation.

The school over the weekend said demand was already so high for the shirt that the university’s online shop crashed.


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