A UK headmaster has been branded a “snowflake”. after he banned pupils at his school from touching the snow.
As snow falls across much of Britain, some schools have implemented bans on snowball fights – but one headteacher has taken it a step further and banned students from even touching the snow.
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Ges Smith, from the Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham, East London, who is already being mocked for his decision, appeared on Good Morning Britain to defend his rule.
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He claims his decision was based on “health and safety” concerns.
The Independent reports: Host Susanna Reid said: “Oh come on sir. It is just a bit of snow – let us throw a snowball.”
But Smith held his position, responding: “If it was that simple, I would let them throw snowballs all day long.
“The problem is, 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.”
And according to Smith, as the school has a duty of care, “the rules are don’t touch the snow. If you don’t touch the snow you’re not going to throw it.”
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) February 27, 2018
The ban on snow also keeps children from getting their clothes wet – which would make them unprepared for school, according to Smith.
Host Piers Morgan was equally baffled by the headteacher’s stance as his co-hosts – and questioned whether the school would produce children “unprepared for normal life.”
However, people are arguing for both sides of the debate on social media.
Many have branded Ges Smith a “snowflake” for his stance – especially as some other schools show off “pupils versus staff” snowball fights.
Head teacher Ges Smith needs to get a life!! I’ll bet he played as a kid and is still here.
Just a damned snowflake – if you’ll pardon the pun.
— Neil Plucknett (@Ranger_Neil) February 27, 2018