British School Turns Off Heat on Coldest Day of the Year to Save the Planet


I hate to even bring this up, lest Rob Benzie’s US counterparts get any ideas. Then again, if it can happen in the UK, it can certainly happen here. Benzie decided it would be great for the planet to turn off the heat in the school he runs on one of the coldest days of the year. This is utter insanity.

Pupils shivered in coats, hats and scarves as temperatures fell to just 1°C (34°F).

Head Rob Benzie switched off the radiators to show how the secondary school could cut its carbon footprint.

But some staff and parents slammed the “barbaric” plan.

One teacher called it “beyond stupid” and added: “It was absolutely ridiculous.

“I’ve never worked in such cold. I’m all for saving the planet but this was barbaric.

“Nobody could work properly and kids could not even grip a pen through their gloves.” The mum of a 12-year-old at Ansford Academy in Castle Cary, Somerset, said: “She was shaking when she came home. I was absolutely furious.”

A dad added: “Turning the heating off in December is just mental.” …

Well, that’s not how Mr. Benzie sees things. According to the article, he called the “eco-day” a “successful experiment” and plans on doing it again in the future. Hey, why stop there, why not just send the kiddies to an Occupy encampment?

I don’t know much about British child welfare laws, but wouldn’t this be considered child abuse if the parents did it to kids at home?