A school in Britain is defending itself after being mocked for banning students from touching snow on school grounds.
Ges Smith of the Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham, England, claims the ban is a “duty of care issue” that protects the school from potential lawsuits, the Telegraph reported.
“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 on Good Morning Britain.
“The rules are don’t touch the snow. If you don’t touch the snow you’re not going to throw it,” he added.
The headmaster also argued that playing in the snow leaves children’s clothes wet and “unfit for school.”
As snow has been pelting the country because of the Beast from the East weather system, some schools have been banning snowball fights. However, Jo Richardson Community School is the only one to ban touching snow altogether, according to the Telegraph.
The school has been attacked on social media, and called a “snowflake” for its controversial decision.
“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!”
Another person felt similarly and tweeted, “For crying out loud let em have some fun before they have to start paying taxes.”
Even British talk show host Piers Morgan addressed the controversy saying the school would produce children “unprepared for normal life” if they were forced to follow these rules, the Telegraph reported.
Though there were some who supported the school’s decision.
One person tweeted, “Yes it’s sad to ban snow ball throwing and handling in schools but we now live in an insurance claim society. There are many parents out there ready to make a claim. Children can always play in the snow outside school hours! #GMB”
Another wrote, “No of course we shouldn’t ban snow fun but I totally understand what this guy is saying. He’s the one responsible for the children and he has a duty of care whilst they are in the school grounds. If a child is injured some parents would see that as a green light to make a claim.”