A concerned parent said it was right for the Dean Academy in Gloucestershire to close its doors today to deal with a false widow spider outbreak.
Pete Sosna's children attend the school, he said: "We were concerned. A lot of people say that they are overreacting… but how safe can you be?"
He added: "In my opinion I think they've made the right decision."
More top news
Gloucester have won the European Challenge Cup Final. The Cherry and Whites beat Edinburgh 19-13 at the Twickenham Stoop.
Two men from Bristol have been sentenced to eight years each for blowing up cash machines at two banks in Wales and stealing over £80,000.
The pair pleaded guilty to their part in the burglary of two banks in which explosives were used.