When a university heard about a high school boy being bullied for his homemade college T-shirt they not only made his design into official merchandise, but the demand was so high it crashed the school’s website.
The Florida boy wanted to participate in his high school’s College Colours Day, by representing the University of Tennessee, but he didn’t have an official shirt. So he made his own by pinning a sketch of the logo onto an orange shirt.
“After lunch, he came back to my room, put his head on [sic] his desk and was crying,” the boy’s teacher Laura Snyder wrote on Facebook.
“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,” she added.
The teacher’s post quickly went viral, and she was contacted by the University of Tennessee to provide a care package to the student and his classmates, and help make the boy’s shirt a reality.
“My student was so amazed at all the goodies in the box,” Ms Snyder wrote.
The University of Tennessee took the boy’s design and made it an official school shirt with a portion of the proceeds donated to an anti-bullying charity.
The shirt design became so popular that the University of Tennessee’s online store crashed due to “the overwhelming support,” the online store tweeted.
“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 wrote in an updated Facebook post.
“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!!”
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