A Florida elementary school student was bullied for making a t-shirt from the University of Tennessee and bringing it to school. The University of Tennessee has turned its “U.T.” motif into an official t-shirt.
For College Colors Day, Laura Snyder, her teacher at Altamonte Elementary School, explains that her student drew a “U.T.” on paper and pinned it on an orange t-shirt.
“When the day finally arrived, he was so excited to show me his shirt,” wrote Snyder on Facebook. “I was impressed that he went one step further to create his own label.”
At lunch he was in tears. “Some girls at the lunch table next to hers (who had not even attended college color day) had made fun of the sign he had attached to his shirt. He was DEVASTATED, “said Snyder.
In less than 24 hours, his Facebook message had become viral among Tennessee fans, many people leaving favorable comments. And it was not long before the University of Tennessee took the lead.
He received a package of care with tons of clothes. In addition, the University of Tennessee sells its “U.T.” logo as an official t-shirt. A portion of the proceeds of each shirt sold will be donated to the STOMP Out Bullying association.
“When I told him that his motive was becoming a real shirt and that people wanted to wear it, his jaw dropped,” Snyder said. “He had a big smile on his face, was walking taller and I could say that his confidence had grown today!”