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Peyton Manning jerseys banned from Colorado school because of gang reasons

An anti-gang policy in the Weld County School System in Colorado has left students disappointed because they’re prevented from wearing Peyton Manning jerseys to school. One third grader even had to remove his Peyton Manning jersey.

“They told me I couldn’t wear 18 anymore because it’s a gang number and I had to take it off,” Konnor Vanatta told FOX 31 in Denver.

Weld County District 6 apparently has had this policy in place for more than three years, and it applies to the numbers 13, 14, 18, 31, 41 and 81, which all represent possible gang affiliations.

“We’re Broncos fans ourselves; it has nothing to do with that. We’re just wanting to set a consistent solid, example,” district spokesperson Roger Fiedler told FOX 31.

Students aren’t banned from supporting the Broncos, they just have to be careful about what numbers they wear. Vanatta wore a jersey with a different number to school on Tuesday.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a student forced to remove a jersey, but this was actually for a much better reason. If Peyton Manning wants to show solidarity with Colorado’s youth, then maybe he should consider changing his jersey number.

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  • TV63

    THat’s just stupid. #18 doesn’t own all that is evil in the world. Give me a break! The school is the loser in this case.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NCIAB7A43YMK3W2XFXCONIOFKY Ty

    Idiotic. If the school can identify gang members, they should be kicked out of school. In the meantime, stop deciding what third-graders can wear based on a fear-mongering, one-size-fits-all, zero-tolerance ,un-American approach.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BNOZN3YZWOKNVR3C5ATCGNEUFY Bobby Lee

    Just another liberal school with BS rules and just think if Oblama gets elected for another 4 we’ll all have rules like this to follow not just in grade school.

  • Whiskeyfire

    How is Fox31 reporting on this? 31 is a banned number. 

  • Whiskeyfire

     Was that a “liberal” move when an OK school banned a 6 year old from wearing Michigan colors? Get a clue. It’s always some moronic republican that brings politics into everything.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JX2LVFKYEFN2KNYBI4GPLWLFYE Gary

    Maybe they had to put tape over the 31 on their camera.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E4IPE6C5S5MCKE5V6NA4QK732Y ghosthunterbonecutter

    Here’s a novel thought !  Hey if there are gang member students in school expel them and let them pursue the lifestyle they want anyway.  and law enforcement btw why don’t you just arrest the gang members and put the gangs out of business in your communities in Colorado ?  Why ?  because you have NO CLUE how to do that or are wiling to expend the effort to even try.  Peyton change his number to please others and not represent for a gang ?  c’mon you fools, does Peyton look like a “banger” to youz ???  wake up…grow a sac…concentrate on something that matters…idiots…