Head finds stunt hard to swallow
Published 06/10/2010 | 11:39
Healthy school dinners may be all the rage but, for one headteacher, spider was the dish of the day.
Aydin Onac, headmaster of St Olave's Grammar School in Orpington, Kent, munched his way through a tarantula during an assembly in a bid to raise funds for a new building project.
He said he found his own personal Bushtucker Trial difficult to stomach, comparing the taste to "burnt chicken".
Pupils were "very excited" about the event, he said, which raised around £1,700 towards a new sports and drama complex.
"It tasted quite salty, and a little bit like burnt chicken," Mr Onac said.
"It felt crunchy and very dry in the mouth - like eating those very dry cheese biscuits - so it was difficult to swallow.
"As I was eating it I was thinking about... the quickest route to the cloakroom and whether I would still be alive by break-time!"
The idea was suggested by a friend of the headmaster, and won the backing of the school's parents' association.
But some parents were more unsure.
One told the Telegraph: "I know that these spiders are farmed in Cambodia and considered a delicacy there - but we're not in Cambodia, we're in Orpington and in Orpington we don't do things like this."