San Francisco Police Raise Money for New School Sweatshirts

Police raised money after noticing old sweatshirts posed potential risk

Friday, Dec 21, 2012  |  Updated 9:01 AM PDT
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Thanks to a fundraising effort from the San Francisco Police Department, students at St. Peter's School in the Mission District are receiving brand new sweatshirts.

Thanks to a fundraising effort from the San Francisco Police Department, students at St. Peter's School in the Mission District are receiving brand new sweatshirts.

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Thanks to a fundraising effort from the San Francisco Police Department, students at St. Peter's School in the Mission District are receiving brand new sweatshirts.

Originally, seniors at the school, who represent the graduating class of 2013, were given blue sweatshirts with the number "13' on the back -- except that posed a potential problem.

The area near St. Peter's, which is located at 24th and Alabama Streets, is known as gang territory and police were worried the blue sweatshirts with the number "13" on them could misreprent students as members of rival gangs.

Sgt. Kevin Healy notified the school of the situation, but it became apparent students might not be able to afford new sweatshirts, but still wanted to be able to show their school pride. As a result, officers
at the Mission Station raised over $1,600 and bought more than 60 new sweatshirts with a different design and color.

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