Boy bullied for homemade University of Tennessee T-shirt has logo become official design

Twitter|@UTKnoxville, CNN

(CNN) A Florida boy who was bullied for his homemade University of Tennessee T-shirt at his elementary school's college colors day has not only had his design made official by the university – but the demand for the product is so high that it crashed the school’s website.

Laura Snyder, his teacher at Altamonte Elementary School in Altamonte Springs, says he drew a "U.T.", the university's logo, on paper and pinned it to an orange t-shirt.

"When the day finally arrived, he was so excited to show me his shirt," Snyder wrote Wednesday on Facebook. "I was impressed that he took it one step further to make his own label."

But by lunch time, the spirited Vols fan was in tears.

"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 devasted," said Snyder.

She then posted on Facebook asking her friends if they had contacts with the university. Her post went viral among Vols fans, with lots of people leaving supportive comments.

The university reached out wanting to send the student a care package full of swag and apparel.

"My student was so amazed at all the goodies in the box," she said. "He proudly put on the jersey and one of the many hats in the box. All who saw had either goosebumps or tears while we explained that he had inspired and touched the lives of so many people."

The university also said it was turning the boy's handmade shirt into an official T-shirt. A portion of the proceeds from every shirt sold will go to an anti-bullying foundation.

Snyder has kept the student's photo and name private but shared a note written by his mother on Facebook.

"I am overwhelmed by the love I feel from this extended community and the pride I feel for my son and for being a VFL. Every comment, item sent, and action taken on behalf of my son will never be forgotten and hopefully will serve as inspiration for him throughout his life," his mom said.