A tattooed headteacher who found himself the subject of Piers Morgan's mocking has been passionately defended by the parents of the school he works at.
Good Morning Britain presenter Piers, 55, was branded "judgemental" by furious viewers on Tuesday after suggesting that people with tattoos shouldn't be hired as teachers.
This came after Piers and co-star Susanna Reid addressed headteacher Lee Hill's decision to remove historical colonial figures including Sir Walter Raleigh, Admiral Nelson and Francis Drake from the curriculum at Howden Junior School.
After ranting about the decision, Piers raged about Mr Hill's "lack of standards" by being "covered in Beckham-style tattoos".
But the parents at the school he works at have defended him, insisting that he is a "fantastic teacher", Hull Live has reported.
One parent said: "I can only go on my own personal experience of my son in his school and quite honestly I can stand for the vast majority of parents and the community that, as a headteacher, he is outstanding.
"He turned around my son's whole attitude and school life, he has climbed over all the Covid hurdles and still put the children’s best interests at heart in every way he possibly could."
She said: "It's bang out of order to judge someone on their tattoos, does that affect his teaching ability? I don't think it does."
Earlier today, Piers had ranted about Mr Hill's decision to let students choose which figures they wanted to study, prompting them to choose people such as Greta Thunberg, Marcus Rashford and Malala Yousafzai.
He raged: "I think young people should be told this, they should be told who Lord Nelson was and why most pubs in the country are called Lord Nelson.
"Why have we cancelled him?"
Susanna replied: "Well, it's one school, and they have decided to have new, contemporary heroes, that their houses are named after."
Piers moaned: "People say, 'Why bang on about his tattoos?' I am sorry but when I was at school, you couldn't have a headteacher with a bunch of tattoos.
"It just shows a lack of standards, Lord Nelson wouldn't have allowed it."
Susanna asked: "What do you mean lack of standards?"
Piers sneered: "I just don't think headteachers should be covered in Beckham-style tattoos.
"I don't like it, I come from an era where appearance matters, you should set an example, you don't want turn all our kids into ink-splattered tattoo blobs do you?"
One angry viewer tweeted: "Piers Moron showing himself up for the judgemental p***k he is bleating his views on tattoos."
"Well Piers, people can have their tattoos lasered off if they so wish, but you will always remain an a***hole. # GMB ," added another.
A third remarked sarcastically: "And this is totally what teachers need right now. A debate about their appearance."
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV