A female Air Force Lt. Col. has been slammed for suggesting murdered soldier Vanessa Guillen deserved to be sexually harassed because it’s ‘the price of admission’ for women in the army and ‘if you’re gonna cry like a snowflake about it, you’re gonna pay the price’.
Air Force Lt. Col. Betsy Schoeller made the shocking comments on a Facebook thread where another person had shared an article about the missing soldier being bludgeoned to death shortly after telling family and friends she was being sexually harassed by a superior.
Schoeller, who is now a senior lecturer at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, hit out at other social media users who expressed sympathy for Guillen.
‘You guys are kidding, right? Sexual harassment is the price of admission for women into the good ole boy club,’ the military veteran wrote.
‘If you’re gonna cry like a snowflake about it, you’re gonna pay the price.’
A female Air Force Lt. Col. has been slammed for suggesting murdered soldier Vanessa Guillen deserved to be sexually harassed because it’s ‘the price of admission’ for women in the army and ‘if you’re gonna cry like a snowflake about it, you’re gonna pay the price’
Air Force Lt. Col. Betsy Schoeller (pictured) made the shocking comments on a Facebook thread where another person had shared an article about the missing soldier being bludgeoned to death shortly after telling family and friends she was being sexually harassed by a superior
Schoeller’s comments came just hours after the attorney for Guillen’s devastated family released information that the 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier had been bludgeoned to death with a hammer in the armory room where she worked.
Her post, which has since been deleted, sparked outrage from other social media users and a Change.org petition is demanding she be fired from her position at the University of Wisconsin.
‘Incredible – I can’t believe what I’m reading. Where does she get off saying something like that?! This woman was bludgeoned, hacked up and buried in a shallow grave!’ wrote one outraged social media user.
Others blasted her for being part of the problem with entrenched sexual harassment of women in the armed forces.
‘This is like the whole “girls can’t wear revealing clothing because men can’t control their urges” on a whole other level,’ another person wrote on Facebook.
Vanessa Guillen went missing from the base in April shortly after telling family and friends that she was being sexually harassed by a superior. Her remains were found this week
‘Gahhhh so many swear words are flying around my head.’
A fellow veteran agreed that Schoeller’s response encourages harassment taking place.
‘I spent literally half my career handling sexual assault/harassment charges for sailors,’ they said.
‘Leaders like her not only encourage harassment, they protect predators. This is not a mentality she left with her uniform. She brought it with her.’
Several people pointed out her high rank, saying she had a responsibility to tackle issues of harassment within the Air Force.
In one image from 2012, the lieutenant colonel is pictured meeting Michelle Obama during a visit from the then-First Lady to meet with family members of the victims of a Sikh temple shooting.
Schoeller’s (pictured on left) post, which has since been deleted, sparked outrage from other social media users and a Change.org petition is demanding she be fired from her position at the University of Wisconsin
Schoeller is pictured meeting Michelle Obama during a 2012 visit from the then-First Lady to meet with family members of the victims of a Sikh temple shooting
Guillen was last seen alive at the Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas, on April 22 after telling her family she was being harassed by a sergeant.
Her partial remains were finally found Tuesday near the Leon River in Bell County – more than two months after her disappearance.
An FBI criminal complaint released Thursday identified 20-year-old US Army Specialist Aaron Robinson murdered her by striking her in the head with a hammer on Fort Hood on April 22.
Robinson committed suicide Wednesday, just hours after Guillen’s body was discovered.
He fled Fort Hood Tuesday night before he could be arrested by Army criminal investigators and shot himself when officials caught up with him a few miles from the base early Wednesday morning.
As authorities tried to confront him, he killed himself.
‘As officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, the suspect displayed a weapon and discharged it toward himself. The suspect succumbed from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,’ the Killeen Police Department said.
Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen’s family has said they believe their loved one, pictured, is dead and that the serviceman who killed her is the same individual who turned a gun on himself when police tried to make contact with him early Wednesday morning
Vanessa Guillen, pictured, was last seen at the Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas, on April 22 wearing a black t-shirt, light purple leggings and black Nike sneakers
The first image of the site where evidence was found was released on Wednesday. Remains were found nearby on Tuesday and Wednesday but have not been confirmed as Guillen
Cecily Aguilar, 22, the estranged wife of a Fort Hood soldier, has been arrested and charged with helping Robinson dismember and dispose of Guillen’s body.
She has been charged with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence and could face 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
According to the FBI complaint, Robinson told Aguilar he killed Guillen and moved her body off to a remote site in Bell County.
Robinson and Aguilar then disposed of her body.
The complaint alleges that it was some time later that Aguilar recognized the missing soldier as the female she had helped bury.
CID Senior Special Agent Damon Phelps said in a press conference Thursday that investigators were looking into Robinson’s connection with Guillen.
Robinson was stationed in the building adjacent to Guillen on the Texas base but any relationship or interactions between the two cannot be confirmed because of the ongoing investigation, Phelps said.
Further information about the role Robinson played in the Houston native’s disappearance was also not revealed.
Authorities say Spc. Aaron David Robinson (right) fled Fort Hood on Tuesday night before he could be arrested by Army criminal investigators. Cecily Aguilar, 22, (left) the estranged wife of a Fort Hood soldier, has been arrested and charged with helping Robinson dismember and dispose of Guillen’s body
The search had continued in this area along the Leon River about 20 miles from the Fort Hood base after the first evidence connected with Guillen’s disappearance was found last week
Police release information about suspects connected to Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance
While the details are still being pieced together by police surrounding Vanessa Guillen’s case, authorities have released the following information:
July 2: Suspect is identified as solider Aaron Robinson
Combat engineer Aaron Robinson is named as the suspect who fatally shot himself as police approached him about Guillen’s disappearance
July 1: Fort Hood soldier kills himself
Early Wednesday morning, a soldier believed to be connected to the disappearance of Guillen died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Killeen police said they attempted to make contact with the soldier around 1.29am but the man shot himself before he could be arrested.
July 1: Guillen family hold press conference
Guillen’s two sisters and their father held a press conference demanding justice for their loved one who they believe is dead.
The family said they believe that remains found on Tuesday are those of Guillen.
During an emotional plea, the sisters called for a congressional investigation into Guillen’s case.
They also revealed that the suspect who shot himself early Wednesday morning is believed to be the same man who sexually harassed Guillen before she vanished in April.
July 1: Civilian is arrested
Authorities also announced the arrest of a woman who is the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier.
Police did not say what the nature of the relationship was between the suspect who killed himself and the woman.
The lawyer for Guillen’s family Natalie Khawam said she had planned to file a sexual harassment complaint against Robinson the day after she was killed.
Army officials said they had come across no evidence of Guillen being sexually harassed after opening a separate investigation into the claims last week but encouraged anyone with information on the allegation, or on her disappearance, to come forward.
Khawam said Guillen was working in the armory with Robinson when she told him she was going to report him.
She said the man then grabbed a hammer and began ‘bludgeoning her head over and over’.
She said she was told by officials that he cleaned up the area where Guillen was killed, placed her body in a container and wheeled her out to his car.
Later that afternoon, Khawam said, Robinson drove to pick up Aguilar and they took Guillen’s body to a nearby river.
There, Khawam said, the pair tried to burn Guillen’s body, but later dismembered it with a machete. Then, they put cement on the body and buried the remains.
She added that the remains were so badly damaged that medical officials were unable to use her face or skull for bone recognition or for dental record confirmations.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI Thursday, the remains have not been formally identified as Guillen’s.
Aguilar of Killeen, was arrested and charged with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence.
Khawam has claimed Aguilar was Robinson’s girlfriend.
Guillen was last seen at the Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas, on April 22 wearing a black t-shirt, light purple leggings and black Nike sneakers.
Her car keys, barracks room key, identification card and wallet were later found in the armory room where she was working earlier in the day.
Volunteer group Texas EquuSearch came across the remains in an undisclosed area in Coryell County, not too far from the site where the remains of missing soldier Gregory Wedel-Morales were found on June 19.
Morales, who was also known as Gregory Wedel, was last seen on August 19, 2019 driving his personal vehicle outside of Fort Hood.
He was to be discharged within days after his disappearance, the Army said.
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information about his death. Morales disappeared about eight months before Guillen vanished from the base and they are not thought to be linked.