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Old 09-05-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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Ahead of Sunday’s big game between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers, some students in Greeley, Colo., are upset over an anti-gang policy that prohibits them from wearing Peyton Manning’s No. 18 jersey.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback, who the Broncos signed during the off season, has given fans hope the team can build on its unlikely playoff drive of a year ago, and jerseys emblazoned with his name and number are a huge seller throughout the state. But how can a Bronco fan express his devotion if the jersey remains in a drawer?

“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 to the education the children are getting rather than 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 more than 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.

Not to be discouraged, Vanatta wore a No. 61 jersey to school on Tuesday to protest the policy



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/0...#ixzz25boeWdib
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:24 AM   #2
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the only reason is due to the number...does anyone have a clue what #18 represents to gang bangers?
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:28 AM   #3
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I remember when you couldn't wear 69 ..........
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:32 AM   #4
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:39 AM   #5
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one represents a 1 = A 8 = H.. I know 13 represents M la eme or mafia

18 represents 18th street.

Hells Angels = 81

others I'm not overly sure

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Old 09-05-2012, 08:40 AM   #6
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what a stupid ****ty little cowtown
greely is a Hispanic gangster haven...
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:42 AM   #7
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13 = MS-13
18 = 18th street gang
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:43 AM   #8
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The forgot 17, 74, 3, 5 and 6. What a stupid rule.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:43 AM   #9
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one represents a 1 = A 8 = H..
ok... then what? help a Gringo out!
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:43 AM   #10
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One of the many reasons why it sucks
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:50 AM   #11
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Can you wear an Orton jersey?
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:52 AM   #12
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:58 AM   #13
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sure....I think you are the only one that bought one
No, superfan TGN has one. He makes sweet love to himself in it.
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The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, is different then la eme. on is el salvadorian Ms 13 la eme is the Mexican
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:35 AM   #15
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I dont see the gang affiliation when the jersey says things like "Denver Broncos" and "Manning" on it

But then again I dont live in Greeley so for all I know the gang members are all riding dirty in Peyton Manning Bronco jerseys
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I dont see the gang affiliation when the jersey says things like "Denver Broncos" and "Manning" on it

But then again I dont live in Greeley so for all I know the gang members are all riding dirty in Peyton Manning Bronco jerseys
But that's why they use sports jerseys and gear. It's all mainstream, and they can "hide in plain sight" while wearing gang colors/symbols.

I watched a documentary a few years back on this topic and they were talking about different items that were gang related, especially gear from teams that weren't red or blue since those colors were banned at most schools already.

The two items that stuck in my mind the most were Rockies hats and Saints jackets.

The Rockies CR logo stood for "Crips Rule" and any Saints gear where Saints was spelled out represented "S(ome rival gang) AINT Sh*t" (I don't remember the name of the gang).

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Next on the banning block. Bakers dozen donuts all around the country. Gangs ruin everything.
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Ahead of Sunday’s big game between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers, some students in Greeley, Colo., are upset over an anti-gang policy that prohibits them from wearing Peyton Manning’s No. 18 jersey.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback, who the Broncos signed during the off season, has given fans hope the team can build on its unlikely playoff drive of a year ago, and jerseys emblazoned with his name and number are a huge seller throughout the state. But how can a Bronco fan express his devotion if the jersey remains in a drawer?

“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 to the education the children are getting rather than 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 more than 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.

Not to be discouraged, Vanatta wore a No. 61 jersey to school on Tuesday to protest the policy



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/0...#ixzz25boeWdib
Hold on, did we miss that part that HE'S A THIRD GRADER!!! So 8 or 9 years old. C'mon school for Christ's sake
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how exactly does banning such dress actually curb gang activities?
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:34 AM   #20
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No self respecting gang member would wear an Orton jersey so that's ok
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:37 AM   #21
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the only reason is due to the number...does anyone have a clue what #18 represents to gang bangers?
Manning knew this and obviously is a gang bangin affiliate of that crew. It is mostly a tagging crew and lets Peyton show his artsy side. He does have to pop and cap some rivals but those were Raider fans anyways so it wasn;t looked down upon until he was using footballs instead of lead. A tad of a pansy for our #18. And there you have it.
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how exactly does banning such dress actually curb gang activities?
Sounds like it was banned for safety reasons, they don't want an innocent kid getting gunned down by rival gangs.
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only certain numbers....
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:59 AM   #25
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only certain numbers....
That's what I mean....banning said numbers doesn't seem like it actively combats gang activity.

Safety as 24 Champ said would be the only consideration, but It feels like an overreaction. Have there been rashes violence towards school age kids wearing these numbers by mistake? Is there record of anyone actually being harmed for wearing these number innocently?
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