Some people really don't like spiders.
Chris White, an assistant prosecuting attorney in Logan County, West Virginia, has been suspended for pulling out a gun and threatening to shoot fake spiders set up around the office as Halloween decorations, according to WCHS, the ABC station in Charleston.
The station reported that White has arachnophobia, or a fear of spiders.
"He said they had spiders everyplace and he said he told them it wasn't funny, and he couldn't stand them," Logan County Prosecutor John Bennett told WCHS.
He said White pulled out a gun and while he didn't wave it around or point it at anyone, he threatened to shoot all the spiders.
"It had no clip in it," Bennett was quoted as saying. "Of course they wouldn't know that, I wouldn't either if I looked at it, to tell you the truth."
Bennett told the station that White had been with the office for five years without incident, and that as of now he does not intend to fire him.
Arachnophobia is a common fear, with between 3.5 percent and 6.1 percent suffering from the condition, according to statistics compiled by Porch.com. But while most spiders are venomous, few are dangerous to humans and many are considered helpful as they can kill insects considered to be nuisances.
"In the vast majority of cases, spiders are our friends," Chris Buddle, an arachnologist at McGill University in Montreal, told LiveScience in 2013.
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