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Posted at 5:12 PM ET, 05/27/2010

Senior prank leads to teen's arrest

By Washington Post editors

The Charles County sheriff's office says a teenager has been arrested after breaking into his school and releasing dozens crickets as part of a senior prank.

Authorities say 18-year-old Jinhan Kim of Waldorf broke into Thomas Stone High School to carry out a senior prank late Tuesday. They say he entered through a window he had unlocked earlier that day. Then he emptied a bag of about 150 crickets onto the floor.

Officers say Jinhan ordered the crickets online. They say he left the school and went to his car parked near a wooded area, where police got a report of suspicious people.

Jinhan is charged with burglary and possessing burglary tools, because officers found a screwdriver in his pocket. Authorities are investigating if two others with him were involved.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 5:12 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  charles county, senior prank  
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Lighten up.

Posted by: CrabHands | May 27, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

seriously.. lighten up. I remember bringing live crabs and sand into the school for my senior prank. Burglary? Really?

Posted by: SpecTP | May 27, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

One-hundred and fifty crickets? Sheriff must be bored, business must be slow.

Waterboard him then give him a life sentence.

Why he was even arrested is incomprehensible. This is what makes law enforcement look like idiots.

Posted by: veerle1 | May 27, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, lighten up! If you don't give kids outlets like this, they will find more harmful ways. I fear for this uptight society with its intolerant, often trigger-happy police.

Posted by: Towards_Light | May 27, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't think he was arrested so much for the prank of releasing crickets as he was for trespassing/burglary. I would say lighten up, too, if it wasn't such an annoyance. I had a cricket in my classroom, now and then, during my school years. It's annoying as fawk.

Posted by: fbutler1 | May 27, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Will sleep better a night knowing that thieving gook is in the slammer.

Posted by: byxnet | May 27, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Next thing you know the teenager will release a dozen frogs! :-)

Posted by: dezlboy1 | May 27, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Towards_Light wrote: "I fear for this uptight society with its intolerant, often trigger-happy police."

In this case, I'd say trigger-HOPPY! ;-)

Posted by: nan_lynn | May 27, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Vee are zee People's Republic of Maryland. Vee haf no senz of humour.

Posted by: mwcob | May 27, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Ever consider that the school administrator wanted him charged? That happens often in these cases. Don't blame the police. They were just doing their job.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 27, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-20 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens", meaning they shouldn't be called those words. The writer of this article broke that rule by calling the young man a "teen". This article should've been "Senior prank leads to young man's arrest". It's dumb that the young man released over a hundred crickets into a high school but a light sentence should be in order.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 27, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-20 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens", meaning they shouldn't be called those words. The writer of this article broke that rule by calling the young man a "teen". This article should've been "Senior prank leads to young man's arrest". It's dumb that the young man released over a hundred crickets into a high school but a light sentence should be in order.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 27, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Herndon HS Class of 81/82 (can't remember which year) did this and it was hilarious. As I am frightened of bugs I received a medical waiver to leave the building!! Kids were sceaming and running wild. This happened in the middle of the school day so no breaking and entering occurred. The kids today have to be more creative and not break into the school! Senior week rocked!

Posted by: Ross65 | May 27, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Which county was this -- Prince George's Charles? Let's just pray that they don't break into his house and shoot his dogs!

Posted by: Apostrophe | May 27, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like it's the B&E they're worried about, not the crickets, and probably rightly so.

Posted by: sarahabc | May 28, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

It sounds like the sheriff's department headquarters needs to be infested with about 12 million locusts. Houseflies will do in a pinch....

Posted by: crisp11 | May 28, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

So it's a prank not breaking and entering because it's a school? I imagine many of you that have no problem with it would have a really different idea if a friend of your son or daughter's snuck into your house and released 150 crickets. Most of you would probably be hopping mad, but it's just a "prank" because he does it to a school?

And who do you think pays for the exterminator, etc? It's not the kid- it's the school system finding the money to have the entire school treated to kill the crickets.

It may seem a bit excessive, but then this may convince the kid he can't do anything he wants without consequences.

Posted by: barbaramusser | May 28, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

poor child was bored. army needs a few good men with a sense of humor

Posted by: pofinpa | May 28, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

crickets are good luck amongst certain far eastern religions.
the student was just exercising his freedom of religion.
where is the ACLU to save him?

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 28, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

If I were him, I'd take it to trial, strike every potential juror with a necktie and sit back and watch jury nullification at work. They'll come back NG with a recommendation to arrest the police.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | May 28, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

The kid clearly didn't get his a $ $ whupped enough growing up. Graduating from high school is not a license for breaking and entering and acts of vandalism. Make him pay for the exterminator and bar him from the graduation ceremony. That should teach him.

Posted by: GP04 | May 28, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

The worst they could get him with is breaking and entering...maybe vandalism. Charging him with burglery is downright stupid...he didn't steal anything, and didn't intend to steal anything.

Though someone else is right...if you're going to release animals in the building, do it during school hours, and save yourself the breaking in. Chances are, no one but your friends will notice who it was that did it, so you might even get away with it.

Posted by: akchild | May 28, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

"don't tase me bro!"

Posted by: jbparker13 | May 28, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: checkered1 | May 28, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

LibertyForAll wrote: Those aged 18-20 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens", meaning they shouldn't be called those words. The writer of this article broke that rule by calling the young man a "teen".
Young people between 13 and 18 are called teens or teenagers. The fellow was 18. Therefore he's a teenager. Get it?

Your cut and paste rants have gotten old. Go take your meds and give it a rest.

Posted by: checkered1 | May 28, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, everyone unclench. He's not going to be charged and tried for felony cricket wrangling. The cops had to arrest him - after all, he did break and enter - but he'll get off with a slap on the wrist.

When I was in high school I pulled a prank with a couple of friends. Whenever someone left their locker unlocked in gym, we took the lock. We locked them all together in a huge ball (and it was HUGE)and finally hung them on a locker near the end of the school year. It was something like 50-75 locks and weighed a ton Well, of course we got ratted out and read the riot act by the teachers. In very somber tones, they lectured us on stealing - which I guess it technically was, even though we gave everything back (but you don't think of things like that when you're 13). Then we were given detention during which we had to open all the locks without keys or combinations. After about a week, they "found" the book with the serial numbers and combos in them. We had to cross-reference, tag and return each lock. I found out years later that they all thought it was one of the funniest pranks they'd seen and had a pool going on how many locks we would be able to open during the first week (we actually did get a couple!). They had to put on a stern public face at the time, but they DID get the joke, were fully aware that it was a harmless prank in which no one got hurt and nothing was damaged and had themselves a real good chuckle at our expense.

SO, let the punishment fit the crime! Detention everyday, during which he has to hunt down and capture or account for all 150 crickets. Then he has to find homes for the survivors and dig individual graves (to a minimum 9-inch depth) with a spoon for the dead.

Any other harmless school pranks out there?

Posted by: jeffgraham117 | May 28, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"Any other harmless school pranks out there?"
Posted by: jeffgraham117

Our harmless senior prank (RMHS '95) was to change the letters on the sign in front of the school from




Can't take credit for this gem, unfortunately...

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | May 28, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

If, after 12 years of schooling, a kid can't figure out how to pull off a prank that doesn't involve breaking and entering, then the school has failed and the parents have failed.

And I'd suggest all the "lighten up" posters above are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Posted by: kcx7 | May 28, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Give him a break! That's nothing. Seniors in my school literally stole a Bob's Big Boy statue and somehow put it on the roof of the school. No one was arrested for this grand larceny and trespassing and it sure was funny.

Posted by: PepperDr | May 28, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Burglary conviction would typically require prove of an intent to commit a felony. Is it a felony to release crickets in someone else's property in Maryland? His act can definitely be used to prove intent to release the crickets, but no more. Carrying the tools may corraborate the breaking and entering part of the crime but would not be enough to prove intent to commit felony in the property.

Posted by: bsali | May 28, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Although I, like many here, kind of miss the era of the prank, I'm not ready to throw Chuck County under the bus too quickly. I hate to sound like an old fossil but I blame the You Tube/Twitter culture for officials feeling the need to overreact in situations like this. My guess would be that half of the school was aware of this act within minutes, which means that probably a quarter of the school took this as a challenge to top it, which meant the school felt that it had to make an example of Mr. Kim.

Posted by: Cossackathon | May 28, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

These people need to lighten up! For my class prank, we pulled every single desk & chair into the hallways.

Posted by: BasicInstinct | May 28, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Ok two things. First, if you are stupid enough that you have to break in to release a bag of crickets instead of just doing it during the school day maybe a run in with the authorities can be a good thing.

Secondly, every prankster knows it is far easier and more satisfying to invest in half a dozen or so white mice and a magic marker. Then you simply number your little culprits 1,3,4,5,17 etc.

Kids these days - no original thoughts whatsoever.

Posted by: circuslion | May 28, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-20 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens"

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 27, 2010 10:21 PM

They are adults??? Really? So that means they can go into a bar and order a beer. You know, like ADULTS do?

Posted by: JERRYB1 | May 28, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Do they even know what burglary is? Here's a clue guys - releasing crickets from a bag is not a felony.

Posted by: fleeciewool | May 28, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The world is finally safe now. *SARCASM*

Posted by: hmmmw | May 28, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

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