Naval Academy expels more midshipmen for allegedly using 'spice'
April 1st, 2011
03:37 PM ET

Naval Academy expels more midshipmen for allegedly using 'spice'

Five more midshipmen have been expelled from the U.S. Naval Academy for allegedly using "spice," a mixture of herbs and a synthetic chemical similar to the chemical THC in marijuana.

Last January, CNN reported seven midshipmen had been expelled as part on an investigation of spice use at the academy. Now a spokesperson at the Academy confirms the number of expulsions has reached 12.

"There have been four male 2nd class (juniors), six male 3rd class (sophomores), one male 4th class (freshman), and one female 3rd class midshipmen separated in conjunction with this investigation (totaling 11 males, 1 female)," according to Jennifer M. Erickson, an academy spokeswoman.

The 3rd class female was the most recent separation. She was expelled Monday.

The investigation of spice use at the academy began last fall and is continuing.

"We will not speculate about any potential, additional expulsions," Erickson said.

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  1. Tom Hagen

    During an EASTER VIGIL reading in my CATHOLIC church...I heard the reading..."Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food."


    April 24, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MirrorMan

    Have to agree with USNA and USAFA '12 regarding the "contract" made between their respective Academies and those chosen few who enroll there. There are rules, there are consequences. Definitely not for everyone, and definitely not for me! I've visited each of the three major service academies, and none are your typical college campus. They are attractive, but regimented military bases.
    There are other colleges that prohibit certain things, whether alcohol, dancing, freshmen living off campus. These things are known prior to enrollment. Don't like it, go elsewhere. Check out the Playboy Party School List for suggestions.
    And I have never had any desire to attend any of the service academies– but I am glad that some do. And I want my pilots, air traffic controllers, ship captains, vehicle drivers alert, rested, and sober. Same goes for any physician operating on my body, anyone operating on potentially dangerous equipment (including Nuclear power plants, off shore oil rigs, etc.).
    So, sorry swabbies, but it looks like you done screwed the pooch.

    April 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
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