Piers Morgan slams Dagenham school’s snowball fight ban

Jo Richardson Community School headteacher Ges Smith. Picture: Steve Poston

Jo Richardson Community School headteacher Ges Smith. Picture: Steve Poston - Credit: Archant

Snowball fights threaten children’s safety at school, a Dagenham headteacher has claimed.

Piers Morgan (left) branded Jo Richardson Community School headteacher Ges Smith (right) a "killjoy"

Piers Morgan (left) branded Jo Richardson Community School headteacher Ges Smith (right) a "killjoy" over his snowball fight ban. Picture: ITV/Good Morning Britain - Credit: ITV/Good Morning Britain

Ges Smith, who leads Jo Richardson Community School in Castle Green, says his pupils aren’t allowed to play with snow in the playground to stop them getting hurt.

“We’ve got a duty of care,” he said, adding: “The rules are don’t touch the snow, if you don’t touch the snow you’re not going to throw it.”

His comments yesterday on Good Morning Britain drew frustration from host Piers Morgan.

Morgan flippantly compared the school to a “prison camp” after branding him a “killjoy”.

“Kids love snow,” said the 52-year-old. “We only get snow, what – three, four days of the year.”

After being accused of leaving pupils “unprepared for normal life”, Smith said he was trying to protect the school and himself from lawsuits.

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