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West Virginia assistant prosecutor suspended for pulling gun on fake Halloween spiders


Many people are scared of spiders. Anxious around arachnids. Awfully, terribly afraid of eight-legged creepy-crawlies.

And then there’s Chris White.

Here’s the tangled web of a story:

White, an apparently arachnophobic assistant prosecutor in West Virginia, is suspended indefinitely after he pulled a gun and threatened to shoot fake spiders that decorated his office for Halloween.

Like they often do during holidays, Logan County prosecuting attorney John Bennett told the Charleston Gazette-Mail, secretaries decorated the prosecutor’s office at the beginning of October to mark Halloween.

“Some black, some brown — but some pretty good sized” spider decorations were hung, Bennett said.

White “told the secretaries that he was deathly afraid of spiders, got out a gun and walked down the hall into an office,” Bennett told the paper. “He pulled out a chair, put a fake spider down and threatened to shoot all of the spiders in the place,” adding that he was out of the office at the time but was told about the incident by shaken employees.

 

 

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