Montpelier, VT—The lockdown in effect at Montpelier High School is still active into its second day as law enforcement works out what to do about the really, really big spider that was discovered yesterday.
However, as parents wait for further news, they received the worst news possible: there may be a second spider roaming the hallways.
A new squad of exterminators had been called in after the first had admitted defeat. The team went in as a group, tied to one another by rope in case the spider got one of them and the victim had to be pulled to safety.
The team reports they were inside, approaching the last known location of the spider by an alternate route, when one of them spotted a dark mass on one of the walls. The rest of the team immediately recognized, from their years of training, that the mass was indeed a really big spider.
One member of the team immediately fainted, and the rest bolted for the door. Around the time they reached the door, the rope connecting them to the fainted team member pulled taught, causing them all to trip and fall. After a mad scramble, they managed to wrench open the door and crawl out. They then went to work pulling the fainted team member toward them by the rope.
“Oh shoot, oh shoot, I can see the spider moving!” one of the team members shouted, according to a nearby police officer.
At that point, they agreed the fainted team member was a lost cause, and one of the squad produced a knife and cut through the rope. Once it was free, they slammed the door shut and ran for the parking lot.
After reviewing the details, Sheriff Kolsky said the situation does not look good.
“We have reason to believe that what they saw was indeed a second spider. At this point, it might be appropriate to call on federal authorities to intervene.”
He also expressed condolences to the family of the squad member inside.
“Joseph Carmichael was a fine member of his county’s exterminator squad. At this time, we can only conclude that the spider has gotten to him. He served bravely, and I express my deepest sympathies to his family.”
We will bring more updates as the situation evolves.