Third-Grader Konnor Vanatta Can't Wear Peyton Manning Jersey to School Because 18 is a Gang Number

By Riley Schmitt

Konnor Vanatta is just like any other third-grader. He likes football and he loves his Denver Broncos. He loves them so much that he has his very own #18 Peyton Manning jersey. It’s too bad he can’t wear it to school because 18 is considered a gang number by his school district.

“They told me I couldn’t wear 18 anymore because it’s a gang number and I had to take it off.”

“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.

Remember when school was about learning how to read and write? Apparently things have changed since I was in elementary school. What kind of third-grader is going to come into school and shoot up the place because of his gang? I mean, am I the only who finds that simply absurd?

The policy is apparently not new and it does include some other numbers. It just so happens that Manning is the new quarterback so there are an uptick of 18 jerseys. I mean, the policy might have some merit, but the gang things extending to elementary schools is just wacky. I can not figure out why.

I bet this policy gets overturned at some point. Once a story like this takes over the Internet, you can not stop it. I bet Konnor and his friends will be rocking Manning jerseys in school before you know it.

Riley Schmitt is a writer for Rant Sports.

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