Gang Concerns Prompt Ban Of Non-Seattle Pro Jerseys At Mariner High in South Everett

August 24, 2015

Everett, Everett Schools recently received complaints from parents who live in Everett but whose kids will be attending Mariner High School in south Everett. The complaints center around a new addition to the dress code this year that prohibits kids from wearing any pro sports jerseys, shirts or apparel other than those from Seattle teams. Below is an excerpt of the guidelines that upset the parents…


Only Seattle area pro jerseys are allowed. Click to enlarge. contacted the Mukilteo School District and spokesman Andy Muntz sent us a copy of the following letter of explanation from Mariner High Principal Brent Kline.

Dear Mariner Community,

We believe at Mariner High School that all students have futures. Creating and maintaining a learning-focused environment is the first step in providing positive futures for our students.  One aspect of creating a positive school climate and culture is eliminating distractions, which sometimes come in the form of what students wear to school.

We have had some inquiries regarding the recent changes to our dress code communicated to the Mariner community in our welcome back letter.  Specific concern was the banning of non-Seattle professional sports team apparel.  I would like to provide you the cause of this change.

Over the past months there has been an increase in gang activity in our Mariner community.  We are vigilant about keeping this specific behavior out of our school.  We have been successful in the past due to continuing coordination with the Everett area gang task force.  Our ever-changing dress code is in response to the on-going learning that we acquire from our partnership with the task force.

We made the decision to ban professional sports team apparel as we have learned that gangs are using it as a way to identify themselves.  We want our students’ focus to be on school and we want our teachers’ and administrators’ time to be used on teaching and learning—not dress and gang issues.  We have recently realized that we should have reworded the new policy to allow students to wear apparel from all colleges and universities (not just Seattle area college and universities).  We will make that revision public to students at the start of the school year.  Our ban of professional sports team apparel outside of Seattle remains in effect.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding this new policy.  I can be reached by email at: or you can call the main office number 366-5700.  I appreciate your understanding with our number one priority of maintaining a safe learning environment at Mariner High School.


Brent Kline, Principal asked spokesman Andy Muntz if the rule also applied to Kamiak High which is in the Mukilteo city limits and he said this particular rule only applies to Mariner High School in south Everett. The first day of school in Mukilteo is Wednesday September 2nd. Everett Schools have not yet set a start date for this year due to ongoing contract talks. was not able to locate the dress code policy for the Everett School District for 2015-2016.

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13 Responses to “Gang Concerns Prompt Ban Of Non-Seattle Pro Jerseys At Mariner High in South Everett”

  1. Amazed247 Says:

    This is a violation of children’s first amendment rights. This is a crock of crap that only Seahawk nfl gear can be worn. Sounds like some people on the committee have personal investments in the Seahawks. I can’t wait until Jesse jones gets ahold of this story. Even better, when the district gets sued for violating students rights. And you’re not fooling anyone with that lame excuse of “we’re doing it to curb gang activity” whatever… Pull your head out of your a$$es!

  2. CristallBall Says:

    What’s up next metal detectors and bilingual signs? Que?Que?

  3. Cmon Now Says:

    You know there’s more than Crips and Bloods out there right? It’s not just about red vs blue anymore. And no, not every single banger knows every single banger out there. Clothes are faster than hand signs. This school is trying to protect the kids/families who might otherwise have no clue that this is even happening. You get into a neighborhood, find out it’s a little rough, you keep your head down. You have no way of knowing the Cleveland Browns will get you shot because you didn’t think to ask the local gang member if it’s okay. I don’t like it anymore than the next guy, but if it keeps a kid safe, why are you so angry?

  4. MS13 Says:

    Sales will not be affected.

  5. TJ Says:

    What a dumb rule. There worried about gang affiliation? Banned all nfl wear except seattle pro wear? I have a question? What color is seahawks wear? BLUE!!!!! doesn’t it indicate crypts, cause their blue! I sorry, but thats not going to stop bad behavior! If there so worried about nfl gear, what about student wearing their pants off their ass. I know a couple everett schools that will make them wear belts. I’m so thankfull that my son is not going to mariner.

  6. Brad Says:

    Rival gang members will know who each other are, even if they aren’t wearing their gang clothing. They can still flash gang hand signs and rep their gang. What are you gonna do next, cut off their hands? Stupid move school district.

  7. JB Says:

    Dumb policy… banning the clothing won’t stop the behavior.

  8. Stringer Says:

    That’s cool cuz my hoppers prefer them hard east coast college teams you feel me.

  9. Christina Says:

    Ban it all not just non Seattle teams. You are encouraging bullying out right.

  10. April Says:

    Why? Because crips or surenos don’t wear a Seattle jersey considering it’s blue and that’s the color they bang? You ban sports apperal,you ban it all, not just non Seattle stuff. What’s good for the goose, should be good for the gander. Get your head out of your butt!

  11. AvonB Says:

    Welcome to reality!