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Senior Prank Involving 72K Ladybugs Ends Poorly

This poorly: criminal charges are involved
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2015 2:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – A new entry in the senior-prank-gone-awry category: A number of Maryland high school students found themselves on the wrong side of the law after allegedly breaking into their high school at 3:40am Wednesday and dispersing 72,000 ladybugs. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has identified seven suspects: Police say five mask- and hoodie-clad males broke into Chopticon High School by busting in a door, triggering an alarm; two others remained in the car. My Fox DC reports six were seniors at the school and one was an alumnus. NBC Washington reports the ladybugs were purchased online.

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Four are juveniles and have been hit with fourth-degree burglary, property destruction under $1,000, and disruption of school activities charges, reports WUSA-TV; the other three will be charged as adults by criminal summons. There also have been consequences at the school, consequences some students are protesting as unfair: They say one male who was involved got the green light to play in the baseball state championship game post-prank, but that the class president is being barred from giving a speech at tomorrow's graduation. (An entire Ohio school district was forced to cancel school this month over a prank.)

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