A Colorado school district has banned Peyton Manning jerseys

Clothing with the number 18 has been banned in Greeley-Evans School District 6 since 2011.

Students also are barred from displaying the numbers 13, 14, 31, 41 and 81. All are numbers affiliated with area gangs according to the district, and even the Bronco’s Super Bowl run won’t change the policy.

“Gangs use those items of clothing for a few reasons,” District 6 spokeswoman Theresa Myers said. “They use them to recruit and they use them to intimidate.”

Myers goes on to comment that there are very real dangerous consequences for those that wear the number 18 – even Peyton Manning jerseys – which runs the risk of associating with the 18th street gang.

The policy was created in 2011, but it wasn’t met with a lot of push-back until Peyton Manning signed with the Broncos the following year. And even with gang related activity lessening recently, the school district doesn’t expect to change their thoughts any time soon.

Not right now; not in the foreseeable future,” Myers said. “Gang activity is still a reality here. There’s no sign that it’s going to go away completely, and until it does, we will probably have some kind of dress code in place to protect our kids in school.”

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