Raising a generation of snowflakes: British headmaster bans students from touching snow on school grounds

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From Yahoo: A British headmaster is defending his controversial decision to ban students from touching snow on school grounds, the Telegraph reports.

“The rules are don’t touch the snow,” Ges Smith of the Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham, England, explained during an appearance on the Good Morning Britain talk show. “If you don’t touch the snow, you’re not going to throw [a snowball].”

Smith claimed that the ban protected the school from potential lawsuits, citing a “duty of care issue.”

“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,” he insisted as hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan accused him of being overprotective.

Smith added that playing in the snow — which has blanketed much of the U.K. in a winter storm dubbed “The Beast From the East” — made children wet and “unfit for school.”

Viewers have blasted the ban as an extreme effort to spoil children’s fun, with one commenter calling Smith a “snowflake.”

Read the original Telegraph story here.


32 responses to “Raising a generation of snowflakes: British headmaster bans students from touching snow on school grounds

  1. I’d touch it, in fact pick it up, just to show the bastard what I think of his DA rule. Guess that’s what makes me an American and him a pussy whipped Limey with delusions of paradise on earth.

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  2. That’s why Europe is being overrun with Satanic politicians and devil-worshiping Muslims.

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    • Tim . . . . You have certainly put your finger for the exact reason that “Europe, {and certainly Great Britain} is being overrun with Satanic politicians and devil-worshiping Muslims.” Now they have “No go” sections of London and other prominent cities, where families who have lived in that area for generations are forced to vacate. Many of these areas look like Beirut. This notion that you can portray yourself as a weakling, politically correct, moron will only get you more of the same. It is unconscionable
      that their young people, where there is an epidemic of obesity, are told to stand down . . . when physical activity, even throwing snowballs would be excellent for both the bodies and minds of these very children. This school administrator is nothing short of an imbecile. It is very easy to see that when the next war comes, as I am sure that it will–England’s children will easily be bested.

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  3. This builds cowards.

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  4. You know what? I DON’T blame the poor man. Imagine the world he lives in. People sue over any random thing. It is his responsibility if a parent sues him because their child got hit by a snowball.

    In a mad culture, he’s taking the safe route and treating these people’s kids like they treat themselves.

    That, or he really is the most pathetic human on earth. If so, I have officially seen it all. (I know I shouldn’t say it, but I cannot help it, I mean it. Until the world proves me wrong. Again)

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    • Eli, agree. It doesn’t take snow in the desert of CA to elicit this same sort of response to situations in schools here in the good old USA (does anyone remember, for instance, that “Dodge Ball” and other games have largely been banned from schools?) It’s the result, IMO, of the pervasive culture here and worldwide that, if you are a school kid, YOU have no responsibility or consequence to your actions—–it’s all someone else’s fault/responsibility (esp. if they are “deep pocket” possibilities for suing) ….even up into the mid and late teens! Believe me, as a teacher, I see the results of this “culture” everyday in my classes. I pray for the day that there ARE cameras in the classroom so we can record for posterity what kind of JACKASSES parents are sending to school and the kind of unbelieveable things these kids (mostly boys…but not exclusively) do IN PUBLIC in the classroom. For instance, I just had security remove a boy Friday from my room when he took a flying leap and “body surfed” down a row of 3 connected, large art tables….right over kids, their work…..now—WHO sends a kid to school that thinks he can DO such an asinine thing without consequences??????? Yet, when we call home, there is NEVER an acceptance that the darling REALLY did such a thing, and, even with consequences—like a lunch detention—-is there any change in behavior emanating from either the child’s “sudden” development of a locus of self-control…or the parent’s consequences from home.

      What’s wrong with just tellling kids, “If you throw a snowball on school property, you will be sent home and serve consequences at school upon return?” And then—-follow through. No body does that anymore at school.

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      • CalGirl . . . . Thank you for adding your little bit from the trenches. I would agree . . . one of the saddest of all things is that children are not taught that there are consequences for actions. This one thing is very responsible for breaking apart our society.

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      • CG,

        LOL – When I was in school, we didn’t play dodge ball.

        We played War Ball – which meant there were four guys on each side of the court, each with one of those old AMF playground balls we are all familiar with – I’m talking the small ones that were heavy and hurt like hell if it hit you.

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        • That’s funny. We had asphalt and concrete for playgrounds. Now they have fluffy shredded tires and stuff. If you hurt yourself they sent you home to go to the doctor and get a cast. All part of the “service”.

          We’re raising a nation of sissies.

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  5. This PC stupidity is how the indoctrinate the young if you will adhere to a stupid rule like this and not step up for what is really right, then when it becomes a serious issue they will shut them down with no compromise and they will accept it since is a serious issue and not just PC stupidity. And to days youth are so predictable its easy to slow roast their brains over a 12 to 16 yr period it goes to reason they act and do what they do.
    Sad state of affairs on the other side of the pond a-mate.

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  6. This is the flip side of “asking permission”. First, he assumes “authority” over everyone’s actions as if he’s really in control of that. This and the “rat” culture is what they are trying to cultivate.

    The ultimate goal is that everyone is afraid to move unless someone tells them to. Ultimate cattle. Mooooo!

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    • Why schools do nothing about bullies (“we didn’t see him do anything”) but punish self-defense because “all violence is wrong”– progressives want sheeple for whom might makes right (why Europe is so spineless today). If someone hits you, tell an adult– don’t fight back or you’re just as bad!

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  7. The more snowball fights the better. It’s part of the joy of living to the max. So what if little Johnny takes a few head shots? It teaches him to duck. If the Limey was worth his salt he’d tell them not to eat the yellow snow and leave it at that.

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    • When I was a kid snowball fights were serious business and we high school boys could easily throw hard enough and were stupid enough to possibly blind someone from across the road with a head shot. Throwing a snowball on school grounds was as serious an offense as there was back then. After school was a different story, so a little background for the gals.

      Having the moves to avoid getting hit was important. It was a game of strategy as the wetness of the snow determined how long it took to reach down and make a decent, new snowball after firing away, which had a lot to do with avoiding getting hit by another fellow who faked throwing and was now taking aim at your head from across the road. Generally it was fair play and only nerds got hit, typically in the back of their jacket as they turned away. Throwing a snowball hard at a girl except a puffball of affection was unthinkable.

      A friend I’d put the fake throw on had to run since he’d thrown at me, didn’t have time to make another snowball, and slipped running in an enormous dog load under the snow, like he was sliding into home plate. We stay in touch, but fifty-plus years later I’ll bet he still holds it against me as everyone almost fell over laughing at the dog crap running the length of his pants.

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      • Dan . . . . Thanks for painting the great picture of yesteryear. I’ll bet everyone who was there for your friend “sliding into home plate,” no doubt still chuckle over it. As we age, these memories become all the more precious.

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  8. Kevin J Lankford

    Telling kids they can not play in the snow?….Yeah…That’ll really work. Then again, he should see it as an excuse to get em off their butts and cell phones, and do some thing physical.

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  10. The same thing will happen in the US if it hasn’t already. Maybe we just haven’t heard about it yet.

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  11. Proving once again, the Brits are drinking contaminated water. This guy is a bonified wacko and should be ignored. Snow is a rites of passage in childhood.

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  12. Hey England, Monty Python is over! GROW UP!

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