Thousands call for firing of UW-Milwaukee lecturer for Vanessa Guillén remarks

Betsy Schoeller and U.S. Army soldier Vanessa Guillen
Betsy Schoeller and U.S. Army soldier Vanessa Guillen(UW-M / KWTX)
Published: Jul. 4, 2020 at 4:32 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WMTV) - A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee lecturer is under fire for making comments about the death of U.S. Army soldier Vanessa Guillén.

Betsy Schoeller, a former Wisconsin Air National Guard officer, posted comments on Facebook about Guillén’s death, saying sexual harassment is the price of admission for women in the military and “if you’re gonna cry like a snowflake about it, you’re gonna pay the price.”

Guillén, 20, disappeared at Fort Hood in April. Remains of what’s believed to be Guillén’s body were discovered Tuesday in Central Texas. Federal and military investigators say fellow soldier Aaron David Robinson killed and dismembered her . Robinson killed himself Wednesday as police were trying to contact him.

Guillén’s family has said they believe Robinson was sexually harassing Guillén. Army investigators have said there’s no credible information proving those allegations.

UW-Milwaukee student Emily Cruz started a petition on Friday demanding UW-Milwaukee fire Schoeller. The petition has nearly 166,000 signatures.

University officials tweeted that Guillén’s death is horrifying but they can’t regulate its employees’ private speech.

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