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Head teacher bans children from touching snow for 'health and safety' reasons
‘The rules are don’t touch the snow. If you don’t touch the snow you’re not going to throw it.’ (Picture: ITV)

One of the best things about snow as a child was playing in it.

But students at one school have been banned from even touching the stuff.

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Headteacher Ges Smith at Jo Richardson Community School in east London defended the move today.

He said the new rule has been introduced for health and safety reasons.

Speaking this morning on Good Morning Britain, Mr Smith said: ‘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.’

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Jo Richardson Community School Headmaster bans snow
Headteacher Ges Smith at Jo Richardson Community School in east London defended the move today. (Picture: Google)

‘The rules are don’t touch the snow. If you don’t touch the snow you’re not going to throw it.’

He added that the snow also makes the children wet and cold.

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Mr Smith said: ‘If the last thing you do before you go into school and into the classroom is have a snowball in your face, you’re not ready to learn.’

Questioning the decision, Pies Morgan asked whether the headteacher though students at the school would be ‘prepared for a normal life’ if they were being wrapped ‘in cotton wall’.

Mr Smith said: ‘We’ve got a duty of care and that duty of care has got to extend.’

Snow has been covering parts of the country over the last 24 hours.

The Met Office has upgraded it’s weather warnings for snow for later this week putting more parts of the country under a ‘danger to life’ warning.

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Snow has been forecast for the majority of the country with significant areas currently under a yellow warning to amber.

The main change is to the southern England and south Wales.

Large parts of eastern Scotland and the North East are also under the amber warning while the South East and other parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland are under a yellow warning for Thursday.

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