Piers Morgan slammed a guest who wants schools to ban tag during an explosive Good Morning Britain row.
Author and broadcaster Amy Nickell thinks the playground game should be banned in primary schools because it’s “too aggressive”.
She insists that “aggression is not necessary” and that “if we’re going to be progressive, lets limit aggression”.
However, Piers was having none of it, arguing that such a ban would “create a generation so ‘snowflakey’, they won’t be able to even leave their houses to go to school.”
It comes after news that a primary school headteacher in Brighton introduced a ‘gentle hands’ playground policy, where pupils are banned from playing tag.
Joanne Smith, of Rudyard Kipling Primary School, is also banning students from taking part in any ‘physical’ games. Instead, encouraging them to hold hands or clap with each other while in the playground.
But the headteacher has recently has faced backlash following the ban – especially from parents, who have called for the ban to be lifted as they claim their children are left feeling bored at play time.
Discussing her reasonings behind supporting the ban, Amy Nickell told Piers “It’s better to be safe than sorry, and if there is anything I’ve learnt from you Piers it’s that aggression is not necessary.”
She added: “Tag’s not about winning or losing, it’s literally about one-upmanship.”
She also said that her five-year-old son “came home last week with a massive bruise on his chin” from playing too hard in the playground.
Unsurprisingly, the outspoken TV anchor was quick to response, sarcastically asking Amy: “Oh no, did he? Is he OK”
“Oh Piers please just stop,” She snapped back. “and just consider it a little bit.”
Piers then went on to have his say on the matter, suggests that banning tag in schools would do children more harm than good.
He said: “We are creating a generation so ‘snowflakey’ they won’t even be able to leave their houses to go to school because we’ve protected them so ridiculously they are totally ill-prepared for the real world.
“Which, by the way, isn’t all about everybody wins and everybody’s nice – the real world’s tough, you’ve got to be tough to deal with it.”
His co-host, Susanna Reid, also confronted the GMB guest, adding how she is a little concerned about “This holding hands game, I’m not sure I want children to have to hold hands with each other if they don’t want to.”
Meanwhile, fellow GMB guest, Jo Hemmings, added: “As a child A. It’s fun B. You have to have – psychologists will say – you have to have a certain amount of risk in the games you play, otherwise you do not learn resilience, you do not learn coping skills.
The behavioural psychologist continued: “And actually, what tag does is release a burst of dopamine – a happy hormone- we want our kids to be happy.”
Clearly against the whole idea and wanting the debate to come to a close, Piers also pondered to his fellow co-host “why are we even debating this? Last week we were debating is anyone to clap anymore!”
He finished the row by saying: “I’m done with this ridiculous debate.”