A local business owner and Oliver Wolcott graduate has agreed to reprint class T-shirts that had a typo.
Graduating students at Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in Torrington were planning on wearing their new senior T-shirts to show school spirit on a class trip at Six Flags on Friday.
But when the boxes were opened in the morning, they discovered that the local printer misspelled seniors as "seniiors" on the shirts. Some chose not to wear them, according to Jennifer Carey, a parent of an Oliver Wolcott senior.
"At first it was kind of funny and then it wasn't when they thought about having to wear them," Carey said of the reaction her son, Zachary Ashe and his friends had.
Earlier in the day, Carey said she hoped Torrington-based Been Printed, LLC would reprint the shirts with the correct spelling and owner Ben Veillieux reached out to NBC Connecticut to say that's just what he plans to do.
A portion of class dues money paid for the cost of the shirts, she said.
"It's a little disturbing because class dues are not cheap," said Carey who pays $60 a year for her son's class dues. "It's not our fault they spelled it wrong."
Veillieux said that the design was sent back and forth to the student council a few times and approved with no mention of the misspelling. The student council asked Been Printed if the company could produce more than 140 shirts in four business days and Veillieux said that he did not charge the students of his alma mater extra.
Oliver Wolcott Assistant Principal Jeff Dudek confirmed that the shirts were printed incorrectly and declined to comment further. The senior class was at Six Flags for the day Friday.
When Veillieux found out about the typo through the media, not having heard from his clients, he immediately contacted his contacts at the school to straighten things out.
In the end, Veillieux said that the students will get to keep the original shirts in addition to the new one at no additional cost, so everyone will have two shirts.
The shirts will be ready before graduation , which is scheduled for June 20.