Children at a British school are no longer allowed to touch snow in the name of safety.
“The rules are don’t touch the snow,” head teacher (principal) Ges Smith told the TV show Good Morning Britain. “If you don’t touch the snow you’re not going to throw it.”
Smith is afraid that kids who touch snow might start making snowballs and tossing them at each other, The Telegraph reported.
Smith, of Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham, East London, became an object of scorn in the UK after the media learned about the ban.
“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,” Smith said.
Smith is standing firm on the ban. He called the snow touching ban a “duty of care issue.”
Snow makes kids wet and “unfit for school,” Smith complained. He also claimed to be protecting the school from a lawsuit.
Even Piers Morgan thought Smith went too far with the ban. The outspoken host complained that Smith’s “duty of care” would leave kids “unprepared for life,” The Telegraph noted.
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