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British School Bans Pupils From Touching Snow

The Daily Telegraph

A headmaster who has banned pupils at his school from touching the snow has been branded a “snowflake”.

Ges Smith, from the Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham, East London, appeared on Good Morning Britain to defend the rule.

While some schools have banned snowball fights, his appears to be the only one which has banned touching snow altogether.

Mr Smith said the ban was a “duty of care issue”, as snow swept the country.

He explained: “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”.

Presenter Susanna Reid challenged him, saying: “It’s only a bit of fun, let us throw a snowball.”

He replied: “If it was that simple, I’d let them throw snowballs all day long.”

The headteacher claimed that playing in the snow leaves children wet and “unfit for school”, and said: “The rules are don’t touch the snow. If you don’t touch the snow you’re not going to throw it.”

Piers Morgan said the school would produce children “unprepared for normal life” if they were forced to abide by such rules.

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