“Spider infestation”: two words which would make even the manliest of men quake in their boots.
Students from the Osmani and Thomas Buxton primary schools, both in Tower Hamlets, East London were given the day off after it was found their schools were over-run by False Widow spiders.
A spokesman at Thomas Buxton reported to the BBC that:
“Pest control teams are currently on the premises of both schools, dealing with the infestation of false widow spiders. The spiders are not considered to be dangerous but do bite. Due to health concerns for staff and pupils the schools will be closed until next week.”
Officials from both schools evacuated their pupils as a precautionary measure, as these spiders were reported to have “nasty bites”. Thomas Buxton primary school said fumigation of the entire building was “a matter of urgency” and students will only be allowed to enter the school grounds on Monday, after the fumigation is completed.
The school then released another statement saying:
“The safety and well-being of the children is our main concern so we have to take immediate action to deal with the problem.
The entire school building and grounds will have to be fumigated as a matter of urgency. Therefore, we have no option but to close the school immediately. The closure is essential to safely fumigate the nests and remove the eggs.”
Both schools denied reports of any pupils or members of staff having been bitten.
By: Lincoln Kyle September (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: [BBC NEWS]