A primary school student who was bullied for his self-made University of Tennessee team t-shirt saw his design turn into an official comic after his Facebook message about the incident turned viral.
Young Florida, unidentified, was left in tears after some of his classmates had ridiculed the paper plate he had attached to his shirt, according to Laura Snyder, who works at the Altamonte Elementary School in Altamonte Springs.
Snyder explained in a Facebook post that she & # 39; was planning to get him a shirt from the University of Tennessee & # 39; but hoped that everyone connected to the school would help & # 39; make a little extra special for him & # 39 ;.
She wrote: & I know that children can be cruel, I am aware that it is not the smartest sign, BUT this child used the means at his disposal to participate in a spiritual day. & # 39;
After sharing her message more than 6,000 times, the University of Tennessee heard about the boy's dedication to their team and confirmed that they would send a care package to him and turn his design into an official shirt.
And the design was so popular that it crashed the school's store website after confirming that the proceeds from the shirts would go to a foundation against bullying.
Young Florida, unidentified, was left in tears after some of his classmates allegedly laughed at the paper plate he had attached to his shirt, pictured
Laura Snyder, who works at the Altamonte Elementary School in Altamonte Springs, shared a message about bullying and the University of Tennessee turned his design into an official shirt
Teacher Snyder said the boy had none of the school's official merchandise for school colors, so he decided to make one himself.
She wrote: & # 39; When I told my students about this day a day earlier, this particular child came to me and told me he wanted to wear a University of Tennessee shirt, but he didn't have one.
& # 39; We discussed that he could wear an orange shirt to show his spirit. He told me every day prior to the fact that he had an orange shirt that he was going to wear. So when the day finally arrived, he was SO EXCITING to show me his shirt.
& # 39; After lunch he came back to my room, put his head on his desk and cried. Some girls at the lunch table next to him (who did not even attend the college color day) had ridiculed his sign that he had attached to his shirt. He was DESTROYED.
& # 39; I know that children can be cruel, I am aware that this is not the smartest sign, BUT this child used the resources at his disposal to participate in a spiritual day. & # 39;
After Laura Snyder's message on the right was shared more than 6,000 times, the University of Tennessee heard about the boy's dedication to their team and confirmed that they would send a care package to him, left, and his design in an official shirt would change
The University of Tennessee sent the schoolboy a package full of merchandise
The design was so popular that it crashed the website of the school after they confirmed that the proceeds from the shirts went to a foundation against bullying
After the university heard about his shirt, the campus store shared an image of his design as an official piece of merchandise and wrote: & # 39; Share the volunteer freedom of an elementary Florida student by wearing his design on your shirt too! & # 39;
They then confirmed that the sale of the t-shirt on their site had crashed and added: & # 39; Thanks Vol Nation! Our website has crashed due to the overwhelming support! We are working on the problem. After the server has restarted, we expect the problem to be resolved. & # 39;
The school also sent the schoolboy a pack full of merchandise.
Teacher Snyder added: & # 39; I'm not even sure if I can put his response into words. It was so heartwarming. My student was so surprised at all the goodies in the box. He proudly put on the sweater and one of the many hats in the box.
& # 39; Everyone who saw had goose bumps or tears, while we explained that he had inspired and touched the lives of so many people.
& # 39; & # 39; When I told him that his design was made into a real shirt and people wanted to wear it, his mouth fell open. He had a big smile on his face, walked longer and I saw that his confidence grew today! & # 39;
She explained that she would not identify the child, but did share a letter from his mother.
The mother wrote: & # 39; I am overwhelmed by the love I feel of this extended community and the pride I feel for my son and for the fact that I am an FLF.
& # 39; Every comment, item sent and every action taken on behalf of my son will never be forgotten and will hopefully serve him as an inspiration throughout his life. & # 39;
The University Interim President, Randy Boyd, tweeted: & I was moved to hear about the heart of a young Florida student for the University of Tennessee, and I was AWESOME of his imagination behind designing his own shirt.
& # 39; So many of us admire his love for the UT and it's great to see everyone raise him to send him UT material! & # 39;
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