Denver Broncos Fans Banned From Wearing Manning's Number 18 Jersey
An eight-year-old boy was told he couldn’t wear his Denver Broncos jersey to school because the district says it’s a gang sign that has been banned. Specifically, it is Peyton Manning’s number 18 on the shirt that’s causing the problem. The young boy Konnor Vanatta and his mom Pam joined Fox and Friends this morning to discuss the issue.
Vanatta was told by his principal that he wasn’t allowed to wear the gift from his grandmother because it was a symbol of the 18th Street gang members. Pam Vanatta said it upset her that the school chose to punish her son by not letting him wear his hero’s jersey and instead, giving in to the gang.
The school said in a statement, “We are vigilant about keeping gang behavior out of our schools … By banning these displays in our schools, we have reduced the presence of gang activity, intimidation, recruiting and confrontation.”
As a parent, Vanatta's mom agrees with the school's desire to protect students but thinks that they need to be consistent -- if one jersey is banned, then all sports apparel should be too.
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