Sometimes it can feel like the news is a never ending source of negativity, but not all news is bad news! A little boy in fourth grade who was bullied for a homemade shirt he made for his school's college colors day was surprised when the University of Tennessee not only sent him a proper shirt, but adopted his hand-drawn design into their store.
Laura Snyder, a teacher for Altamonte Elementary School in Florida, posted the story of the boy and his homemade shirt on Facebook. According to Snyder, he really wanted to come to school representing University of Tennessee for the College Colors Day at school, however, he did not own any clothing from UT. Snyder suggested he wear a basic shirt in the color orange, which the boy did, however he actually hand-drew a logo on a piece of paper and affixed it to the T-shirt.
Apparently, a group of other students started mocking the boy for his shirt, and he was completely devastated. He went to Snyder's classroom and cried, understandably upset.
“He came back to my room, put his head on his desk and was crying,” Snyder said. “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.”
Snyder made a Facebook post about the incident in the hopes of connecting him with someone from UT so she could try to hook him up with his own proper shirt.
The post went viral, and UT responded by sending the boy a box full of UT merchandise. They are also going to be turning his hand-drawn design into a product that will be sold at their stores, a true show of solidarity for the boy.
According to an update on Snyder's post, he was overjoyed and surprised. It's such an incredibly touching gesture from the school.
The University of Tennessee will be using proceeds from the boys design to donate to Stomp Out Bullying, an organization that helps to fight against bullying. According to reports there have already been a huge amount of pre-orders for this design.