Maryland Students Charged After Releasing 72,000 Ladybugs In School For Senior Prank (Photos)

| by Sean Kelly
Chopticon High School.Chopticon High School.

Students at a high school in Maryland were charged with burglary after they released 72,000 ladybugs throughout the school as a senior prank.

The Washington Post reports five Chopticon High School students broke into the school near Morganza, Maryland, at 3:40 a.m. on May 20, wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts.

Once inside, they let the tens of thousands of bugs out across the school. One of seven suspects later identified by police as participants reportedly ordered the bugs on the Internet, reports WUSA 9.

“It was a mess,” a Chopticon employee said. “When you walked in the building, they covered the walls and hallways, flying around and they were all in a pile in different areas of the building.”

Staff began vacuuming up ladybugs at approximately 6:30 a.m. that same morning, and the cleanup continued for hours.

Four of the students charged in the incident were juveniles, and were charged with burglary, disruption of school activities and property destruction under $1,000. Those students were later released to their parents.

The other three suspects were reportedly charged as adults by criminal summons. 

Sources: WUSA 9, The Washington Post, Daily Mail

Photo Credit: Twitter/Fox 5 screen captures Via Daily Mail