From the VolShop: “When a Florida elementary school celebrated College Colors Day, one student inspired all of Vol Nation with his Volunteer Spirit. After he drew this design onto a sheet of paper and attached it to his orange shirt some classmates made fun of him. Vols were touched to learn of the student’s heart for the University of Tennesse and sent UT gifts of all sorts. Now you can share in this student’s Volunteer pride by wearing his design on your shirt too.” (University of Tennessee Campus Store)
The student was bullied by his classmates after he came to school wearing a hand-drawn design over an orange shirt for Altamonte Elementary School’s college spirit day in August.
His teacher, Laura Snyder, explained in a Facebook post that her student was extremely excited to wear his shirt to support UT, but that he was bullied by his classmates for the homemade design.
“After lunch, he came back to my room, put his head [on] his desk and was crying. 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 wrote.
Snyder’s post went viral and caught the attention of school officials who decided to sell the shirt online and in the campus store.