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University of Tennessee marching band wears T-shirts designed by bullied 4th grader

Other kids at his school had teased the young boy for his homemade shirt

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The University of Tennessee marching band wore T-shirts that had been designed by a young University of Tennessee fan who was bullied for his own homemade shirt.

What's the background?

When his school had "college colors" day, one fourth grader in Florida decided to design his own shirt to represent his favorite college: the University of Tennessee. This consisted of taping a piece of paper taped with hand-drawn letters "U.T." to an orange shirt. He was reportedly very excited to wear his shirt to school that day.

Unfortunately, this homemade design opened the boy up to cruel bullying.

"After lunch, he came back to my room, put his head on on his desk and was crying," his teacher, Laura Snyder, said in a Facebook post. "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."

When Snyder told the story on social media, the response was huge and positive. Supporters sent the boy a ton of U.T. swag — enough for him to share with the other kids in his class.

What happened now?

In a tweet, the account "UT Bands" wrote "Thank you [University of Tennessee] Chancellor @DondePlowman for providing the shirts for the Pride today! Proud to support a young Vol fan and a great cause! Go Vols! #antibullying"

Tennessee won the game 45-0 against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

What else?

Also, the university gave the fourth grader a scholarship for 2032 if he chooses to go to Tennessee. The school has also sold more than 50,000 shirts bearing the boy's design, donating all proceeds to the Stomp Out Bullying charity.

One last thing…
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