A retired officer who served in the Wisconsin Air National Guard is currently being reviled by the public after making insensitive comments about a young female Soldier who was gruesomely murdered at Fort Hood, Texas.
The incident that sparked the comments involved Vanessa Guillen, a young PFC who went missing in April and whose dismembered remains were recently found.
According to ABC News, Betsy Schoeller, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee lecturer, responded to a Facebook-based veteran’s group post that questioned how Guillen was allegedly killed on the base without anyone noticing.
“You guys are kidding, right? Sexual harassment is the price of admission for women into the good ole boy club,’ she wrote. “If you’re gonna cry like a snowflake about it, you’re gonna pay the price.”
Now, the retired officer’s job is on the line as students call for her termination.
“I speak on behalf of my fellow UWM students, staff, and community partners when I say that we want to see Professor Schoeller terminated from UW-Milwaukee staff,” UWM student Emily Cruz wrote in a 116,000-plus signature termination petition. “As a woman, and a student at UWM I feel unsafe knowing that we have professors who think the sexual assault of women serving in the military is justified. UW-Milwaukee claims to care about the safety of their students, therefore we demand and are holding UWM accountable to take action against Professor Betsy Schoeller.”
While the university has stated that Schoeller’s comments cannot result in termination due to the First Amendment, they also noted that they are not backing her up.
“UWM in no way condones Ms. Schoeller’s comments, and we understand and empathize with the outrage and concerns we are hearing,” the school wrote in a statement.
Schoeller, who retired from the Wisconsin Air Guard several years ago as a colonel, was similarly denounced by the very organization we served under.
The retired colonel later released a statement claiming her words were misunderstood, and that she was expressing outrage towards a system that makes military service hazardous for women.
“I am shocked and saddened that my original post was interpreted out of context,” she wrote.
“The point I was making is that this is what women are facing in a culture of sexual harassment and misogyny.”
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