Students Release 72,000 Ladybugs Inside School In Most Obnoxious Senior Prank Ever

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Senior pranks are a time-honored tradition, but you bet I’d be pissed if my high schooler pulled something like this. The Washington Post reports seven students at a Maryland High School are accused of releasing 72,000 ladybugs inside their school as a ridiculous end-of-year stunt that landed them in hot water.

It happened Wednesday at Chopticon High School in the Morganza area of St. Mary’s County. Five people in masks forced open a door about 3:40 a.m. and released the insects,the county sheriff’s office said.

“It was a mess,” a school staff member 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.”

The students supposedly ordered the ladybugs off of the internet because of course they did. Damn kids and their technology. They probably purchased them on Amazon. During class.

Luckily, they aren’t getting away with this garbage behavior. Four of them — all juveniles — have been charged with fourth degree burglary, property destruction, and disruption of school activities. The other three are legally adults and will be charged by criminal summons, which is exactly what they deserve for their shenanigans.

This wasn’t all in good fun. This was a costly mess that someone has to clean up, and I’d be beyond livid if I found out my kids participated in something like this. There’s nothing amusing about causing such an insane disruption that it keeps the school from even being functional.

Young people get a reputation for being selfish little punks and it’s not always warranted, but in this instance it definitely is. There was absolutely no consideration of the consequences or cost of their little “prank” outside of their own amusement and that makes it a crappy prank. Senior pranks have the potential to be funny and memorable, but this one will go down in history for all the wrong reasons. Let’s hope these kids at least learn something about differentiating between good ideas and bad ideas. Oh, and that people aren’t fishing lady bugs out of their cafeteria food for the next half-century.

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