I understand school teachers have been advised not to administer sticky plasters to pupils who have cut themselves to protect them from being sued if the child has an allergic reaction to the latex in the plaster.

In this day and age I can see the logic in this stance, even if it seems ludicrous.

What is baffling me is how the religious education teacher is going to explain the Good Samaritan parable.

Instead of telling the pupils to help someone if they need it, they are going to have to be told to step over, walk round, look the other way or ignore someone's pleas for help, just in case they are sued for causing further injury by helping.

PR Willey,

Burnholme Drive,

Heworth, York.

Updated: 11:04 Friday, March 25, 2005