Let it snow … and let it go.
A British headmaster is defending his controversial decision to ban students from touching snow on school grounds, the Telegraph reports.
“The rules are don’t touch the snow,” Ges Smith of the Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham, England, explained during an appearance on the Good Morning Britain talk show. “If you don’t touch the snow, you’re not going to throw [a snowball].”
Smith claimed that the ban protected the school from potential lawsuits, citing a “duty of care issue.”
“It only takes one student, one piece of grit, one stone in a snowball in an eye, with an injury and we change our view,” he insisted as hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan accused him of being overprotective.
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) February 27, 2018
Smith added that playing in the snow — which has blanketed much of the U.K. in a winter storm dubbed “The Beast From the East” — made children wet and “unfit for school.”
Viewers have blasted the ban as an extreme effort to spoil children’s fun, with one commenter calling Smith a “snowflake.”
I think the snowflake society should build separate schools for their children, and let the rest of society's children get on with doing, what children have been doing, since the beginning of time. Being children! .
— Annemarie (@17concreteangel) February 27, 2018
For crying out loud let em have some fun before they have to start paying taxes
— Sensei (@Aiki_Dave) February 27, 2018
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