72,000 ladybugs released by students for senior prank

This photo posted on Twitter by Brady Snyder shows a few of the ladybugs released as a high school prank.


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Seniors at a Maryland high school pulled off a senior prank that would definitely bug their teachers.

The Chopticon High School seniors decided to release 72,000 ladybugs in the hallways, according to the St. Mary’s County’s Sheriff’s Office.

Around 3:40 a.m. on May 20, five suspects wearing masks and hoodies forced open the school’s back door and spread the ladybugs before leaving. According to ABC News, two other suspects did not enter the school, but instead waited in a car.

Four juveniles will be charged with fourth-degree burglary, property destruction under $1,000 and disruption of school activities. Three adult males will be charged by criminal summons, police said.

A group of students ordered the ladybugs online for about $100 and about 75 seniors pitched in money to help pay for the bugs.

“Everyone was obviously laughing the next morning because it was so unique,” Eric Maxey told ABC News. “It didn’t cause any damage and the school had already bagged up most of them by our second period.”

There were so many lady bugs that janitors from local schools came to help clean up. They were armed with vacuums on their backs, sophomore Trinity Alexander told ABC News.

PHOTO:This photo posted on Twitter by Eric Maxey shows a protest at Chopticon High School in Maryland.
PHOTO:This photo posted on Twitter by Eric Maxey shows a protest at Chopticon High School in Maryland.

One senior involved with the prank will not be allowed to walk at graduation Wednesday. Students were seen protesting that decision this morning before graduation practice.

Chopticon High School officials did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

2015 marks “our school’s 50th graduating class and this was us leaving our mark in a memorable way,” said Maxey.

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