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Peyton Manning Jersey Considered Gang Related in Colorado School System

By Ernie Padaon

Aug. 30, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback (18) Peyton Manning against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Denver Broncos nabbed one of the biggest prizes in free agency history. The fans want to show their Bronco pride by rocking their Peyton Manning jerseys. Unfortunately, in one Colorado County school system, the Number 18 is considered gang related.

“They told me I couldn’t wear 18 anymore because it’s a gang number and I had to take it off,” said Konnor Vanatta during an interview with FOX31 Denver on Tuesday.

Vanatta, a third grader in the Weld County School System, was disappointed to learn that the number 18 is considered to represent gang affiliations and is not allowed on clothing inside county classrooms.

“I’m pretty upset the schools have come down to this and I think they need to start paying attention the education the children are getting rather than then what they’re wearing,” added Pam Vanatta, the student’s mother.

A spokesperson for Weld County District 6 explained the policy has been around for over three years and applies to the numbers 13,14,18,31, 41 and 81.

“We’re Broncos fans ourselves, it has nothing to do with that we’re just wanting to set a consistent solid, example,” said district spokesperson Roger Fiedler. – Fox 31 Denver via Kissing Suzy Kolber

That is awesome! No more Peyton Manning jerseys in that school district because Peyton Manning and his number are gangster! Maybe Peyton should consider a number change.

Maybe they should make a little exception to that rule, because Peyton is a football cop:

Sorry Nuggets fans, you will have to put that Corey Brewer number 13 jersey away!