Seven high school seniors are facing serious legal consequences after pulling a prank of epic proportions at the Chopticon High School from Maryland. They released up to 72,000 ladybugs inside the school building, as their last amusing gesture there. However, the Principal and the authorities did not find it funny at all.
Over 75 students have apparently given money for the manufacturing of this prank, and eventually the ladybugs have been purchased from Amazon.com for a mere $ 100. On the night of May 20th, five students have broken into the high school wearing masks and hoodies to conceal their identity and have released the multitude of insects on school property.
Meanwhile, two other students had been waiting in a car parked outside the high school, making sure that nobody came and caught their friends. And at that point everything appeared to be going according to plan. The next day, the school was swarming with the delicate insects and so, their prank had made it to the finish line.
One of the seniors later revealed that reason behind their generally inoffensive prank was that they wanted to leave their mark on the school, as 2015 is a special year in local history. They class of 2015 was going to be Chopticon High School’s 50th class to graduate and so, the students felt compelled to make it special.
According to one of the sophomores at Chopticon, all the ladybugs were vacuumed away that same day by the school’s janitorial system, with supplementary help from colleagues from neighboring institutions.
“Everyone was obviously laughing the next morning because it was so unique,” one Chopticon senior told ABC News. “It didn’t cause any damage and the school had already bagged up most of them by our second period.”
However, once the deed was done, it appears that the high school representatives did not find it memorable in any kind of positive way. All the seven students who were personally involved in bringing the insects onto school property are currently facing serious charges.
Four of the seniors are still juveniles and they are being charged with burglary, property destruction and disruption of school activities, according to ABC News. As for the three adult seniors, their cases will be even more grave, as they stand to be charged with criminal offenses.
As an internal punishment method, one of the seven seniors was not allowed to attend the graduation ceremony, in order to receive his diploma in front of his friends and family. This measure was met with protest by Chopticon students, who walked with ladybug pictures and drawing in their hands, in order to convey their solidarity with the marginalized senior.
Ultimately, the 50th class of Chopticon High School will definitely be remembered from here on for their epic ladybug prank. So their aim was met in the end, but at a much higher price than they had ever thought they would have to pay.
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