Students Released Over 70,000 Ladybugs At School As A Senior Prank


This isn't a prank for the squeamish or insect-shy.

ABC News reports seven students were charged after breaking into Maryland's Chopticon High School and setting an estimated 72,000 ladybugs loose as part of a senior prank.

The beetles, which reportedly cost $100 among 75 students, were purchased online.

According to WUSA9, five masked students illegally entered the school in the early hours of last Wednesday to release the bugs while two friends waited in the car.

The next morning, school administrators were forced to call for backup from janitors working in nearby schools.

Although damage was minimal, one of the students involved was already banned from walking at graduation.

The decision sparked a protest from the high school's student body.

Four juveniles involved will reportedly be charged with disruption of school activities, fourth-degree burglary and less than $1,000 in property destruction.

The remaining suspects will be charged by criminal summons.

One astute Chopticon graduate even noted the incident was added to the school's Wikipedia page.

Citations: Students Release 72000 Ladybugs at Maryland High School as Part of Senior Prank (ABC News)