Yep, you read that number right.
Six students and one former student at Chopticon High School in St Mary’s County in the US set off the most elaborate prank we’ve ever heard of when they released 72,000 ladybugs into their school. The group of five students broke in the school in the early hours of the morning on May 20 while the others stood guard outside.
Four of the underage students involved in the extreme prank are being charged with fourth-degree burglary, property destruction of $1000 (those darn ladybugs) and of course, disruption of school activities.
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Coz’ there’s nothing more disrupting to your maths class than learning there’s a kingdom of ladybugs taking over the school.
Three of the former students involved in the crime have not been caught, but Brian Reminga- also involved- has been told that he cannot walk up at his graduation for his role in the prank.
He told MyFoxDC "Somebody just ordered bugs on Amazon and we decided to do it. I wasn't really part of much of the planning." He added, "Please let me walk. It was a harmless prank.”
Local Mike Wyant, who happens to be the school’s director of safety and security told WUSA9 that he was mainly bugged about the fact that the students broke into the school at 3AM. "Just be careful about making your decisions," he said.
The students of St Mary’s County clearly didn’t have a problem after finding a few ladybugs in their hair and many have even protested in support of their classmates…
While others thought the whole thing was hilarious and decided to renamed the school on twitter;
Hey, as long as no ladybugs are harmed in the process, we totally don’t mind if they want to take over our building. Just NO cockroaches.
Meanwhile, we have some important questions…
- How do you transport 72,000 ladybugs?
- Did someone at Amazon.com not question the purchase of 72,000 ladybugs?
- How much does shipping cost for 72,000?
- Did one of the students just wake up one day and say, “I’m buying 72,000 ladybugs” ?
Words: Samantha Stewart