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Marine Officer Sends Resignation Letter, Cites 'Loss of Trust and Confidence' in Leadership

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Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller requested Sept. 11, 2021, as his withdrawal date from the U.S. Marine Corps in the formal resignation he submitted Tuesday.

Scheller, relieved of command last week for his Facebook rant critical of senior military leadership, returned to social media to make the letter public. On Facebook and LinkedIn, he addressed his posts to “The American Leadership” along with a copy of the letter citing “loss of trust and confidence” in his superiors’ ability to lead as his reason for leaving.

The wording mimics how the Marine Corps justified firing him. According to CNN, Marine Corps Spokesperson Major Jim Stenger said in a statement on Friday that Scheller was relieved of his command due to the “loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command.”

Referring to himself as “We the people” in his Tuesday LinkedIn post, Scheller wrote, “We the people seek change. We the people seek leadership. We the people seek accountability. We the people WILL take it.”

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The letter came two days after Scheller posted an emotional 10-minute video announcing his imminent resignation.

There he credited his decision to resign to a former mentor, retired Marine Col. Thomas K. Hobbs, who Scheller said he loves “like a father” but who had left a comment on one of his LinkedIn posts that “just played through my head.”

“If Stuart Scheller was honorable, he would resign his commission,” Scheller said Hobbs wrote.

“He didn’t say ‘is’ as if in challenging me. He said ‘was’ as if you assumed I wouldn’t do it.”

Scheller emphasized at the time that the Marine Corps was not seeking any legal or administrative action against him other than his relief for cause. “I think the plan was to hide me away for three years,” he said.

Having served 17 years, Scheller could have chosen to “remain silent” and ride out his remaining time until he hit his 20-year mark where he would collect his military retirement and VA disability benefits. “But I don’t think that’s the path I’m on,” he said.

Scheller filmed the original video that went viral the same day that 13 service members were killed along with over 200 civilian and military casualties. He had been serving as the commander of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He made the video while in uniform and lost his command the next day.

“There is a forum in which Marine leaders can address their disagreements with the chain of command, but it’s not social media,” Stenger said in a statement to the media, including CNN, The Hill and the independent military news outlet, Stars and Stripes.

The Marine Corps updated its social media policy this year. As a mid-level leader, he would have been familiar with the military’s expectations of uniformed personnel voicing personal opinions publicly.

Despite his violation of the policy, many veterans expressed their support of Scheller’s actions over the past five days including Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL.

Scheller posted an update on his Facebook page on Wednesday, noting that he now believes the Marine Corps will assign an investigating officer to his case. If the officer recommends the case go to court-martial, Scheller could face prison time.

“If it does go to court martial, I will be found guilty, and will probably do some jail time. This will provide me a valuable opportunity to read, write, and contemplate,” he wrote.

“But as stated in the beginning, I plan for this to be my final post concerning my legal struggles with the Marine Corps. Continuing to squabble with the organization I love so dearly doesn’t do either of us any benefit.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Woman May Have Found Gabby Petito’s Water Bottle Near Site of Brian Laundrie’s Remains

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Yet another possible development in the Gabby Petito case broke on Sunday.

The case has been widely discussed on the social media platform TikTok, with some users even taking it upon themselves to investigate the mystery.

One prominent TikTok user, Olivia Vitale, found a water bottle in the Carlton Reserve, a Florida park where the remains of Brian Laundrie — Petito’s boyfriend and a person of interest in her murder — were discovered.

It was later noted that the bottle appears identical to one seen in video footage of Petito and Laundrie.

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“So we’re looking for other stuff in the area where Brian Laundrie’s remains were,” Vitale says in a video posted to her TikTok account.

@chroniclesofoliviabackup##justiceforgabbypetito♬ original sound – Olivia


As she walks through an open field, Vitale stops suddenly and voices her surprise upon noticing a water bottle on the ground in front of her.

“There’s a water bottle right here,” she says. “I just found something. I just found something.”

The social media influencer posted another video of her handing the bottle over to authorities and several others describing how she found it. They have garnered millions of views on TikTok.

@chroniclesofoliviabackupWhen I immediately saw it my gut told me it wasn’t just a random bottle♬ original sound – Olivia


A spokesman for the North Port Police Department confirmed that the bottle was indeed handed over to law enforcement, the New York Post reported.


Laundrie’s remains were discovered at the Carlton Reserve on Wednesday.

@chroniclesofoliviabackupPOLICE TOLD US TO THROW AWAY GABBY PETITOS WATERBOTTLE… THEY DIDNT CARE, IM GLAD I KEPT IT. GABBYS FAMILY I WILL RETURN THIS TO YOU♬ original sound – Olivia


The discovery of his remains ended an extensive manhunt involving local, state and federal officials that began shortly after Laundrie disappeared on Sept. 14, two weeks after he returned to his parent’s home in North Port, Florida, after a cross-country road trip.

Despite setting out on the trip with Petito, Laundrie returned alone, setting off nationwide speculation regarding his potential involvement in her disappearance and death.

It remains unclear how Laundrie died. “No manner or cause of death was determined” by his autopsy, the Laundrie family’s attorney announced on Friday.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Yet another possible development in the Gabby Petito case broke on Sunday. The case has been widely discussed on the social media platform TikTok, with some users even taking it upon themselves to investigate the mystery. One prominent TikTok user, Olivia Vitale, found a water bottle in the Carlton Reserve, a Florida park where the remains of Brian Laundrie — Petito’s boyfriend and a person of interest in her murder — were discovered. It was later noted that the bottle appears identical to one seen in video footage of Petito and Laundrie. “So we’re looking for other stuff in the area where Brian Laundrie’s remains were,” Vitale says in a video posted to her TikTok account. @chroniclesofoliviabackup##justiceforgabbypetito♬ original sound – Olivia As she walks through an open field, Vitale stops suddenly and voices her surprise upon noticing a water bottle on the ground in front of her. “There’s a water bottle right here,” she says. “I just found something. I just found something.” The social media influencer posted another video of her handing the bottle over to authorities and several others describing how she found it. They have garnered millions of views on TikTok. @chroniclesofoliviabackupWhen I immediately saw it my gut told me it wasn’t just a random bottle♬ original sound – Olivia A spokesman for the North Port Police Department confirmed that the bottle was indeed handed over to law enforcement, the New York Post reported. Laundrie’s remains were discovered at the Carlton Reserve on Wednesday. @chroniclesofoliviabackupPOLICE TOLD US TO THROW AWAY GABBY PETITOS WATERBOTTLE… THEY DIDNT CARE, IM GLAD I KEPT IT. GABBYS FAMILY I WILL RETURN THIS TO YOU♬ original sound – Olivia The discovery of his remains ended an extensive manhunt involving local, state and federal officials that began shortly after Laundrie disappeared on Sept. 14,…

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Sodom & Gomorrah High: School Stages Obscene Drag Show During Homecoming Football Game

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Friday nights in high school are supposed to be remembered for gathering with friends, donning school colors and cheering your school on to a hopeful victory.

Instead, a high school in Burlington, Vermont, made it about sexuality.

On Oct. 15, Burlington High School held a football game at its Buck Hard Stadium. The host Seawolves, with players from Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski high schools, defeated the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers 35-14, the local outlet Seven Days reported.

However, that event was overshadowed by the immoral display at halftime.

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According to the Daily Mail, the halftime show consisted of a group of students and faculty dressed in drag parading around the field. They began by chanting, “Drag Ball!” before breaking into a lip-sync performance of “Rainbow Reign” by Todrick Hall.

Pictures and videos from the event are horrifying, to say the least.



“We got kings, we got queens, we got in-betweens,” a stadium announcer declared, according to the Daily Mail. “We need you to give it up for all these performers.”

There are so many issues with this event that it’s hard to know where to start, but I’ll try my best to break it down.

First, encouraging students to engage in this type of behavior is completely irresponsible coming from adults. It’s bad enough for staff members to participate in the disturbing event, but some staff members were even more involved.

According to the Daily Mail, Burlington High School’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance was behind the planning for the event. English teacher Andrew LeValley, an adviser for that alliance, was the person who devised the idea for the drag show — and participated.

Seven Days reported that LeValley “channeled Marie Antoinette, with a ruffled taffeta frock and a voluminous blonde pouf wig embellished with jaunty peacock feathers.”

“I was just really hoping to give our students — who are both out and the students that were in the stands who are not out — a moment to shine and feel loved, and know that there is a place for them in public schools,” he said, according to the Daily Mail.

Encouraging students to feel loved is a great goal, but that is not the same thing as pushing them to engage in behavior that, from a Christian perspective, is “detestable” and “shameful” in the eyes of God. In fact, promoting gender dysphoria is one of the least loving things you could do.

The age question is another huge problem with this event. While drag shows and drag bars are becoming more common around the country, most of them are restricted to people ages 18 or older.

In high school, the majority of students are minors.

Actively promoting this content at a school event is morally reprehensible. This sort of behavior is not morally appropriate for anyone to engage in, but it is especially concerning in regards to students who have not even reached adulthood.

Comments by Ezra Totten, the student leader of the Gender-Sexuality Alliance, about the event show just how twisted our society has become.

“Things went amazing,” Totten said, according to the Daily Mail. “The stands were completely packed. It was just so heartwarming to see.”

It is deeply saddening that a student could look at the behavior shown in the above video and call it “heartwarming.” More than anything, that is an indictment of adults such as LeValley who have convinced students that their twisted view of morality should be praised.

As teachers encourage sinful behavior in students who may not even know any better, it is nearly impossible not to think of the words of the epistle of James in the Bible.

“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly,” James 3:1 says.

The fact that the teachers and orchestrators of this event promoted gender dysphoria and celebrated it openly speaks to our fallen world and our culture’s desperate need for God. We have fallen so far from grace that we’re operating out of the created order and need the redemption only a Savior can provide.

In times where it seems the definitions of wrong and right have been completely confused, our only hope is in the God who is above all things.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Friday nights in high school are supposed to be remembered for gathering with friends, donning school colors and cheering your school on to a hopeful victory. Instead, a high school in Burlington, Vermont, made it about sexuality. On Oct. 15, Burlington High School held a football game at its Buck Hard Stadium. The host Seawolves, with players from Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski high schools, defeated the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers 35-14, the local outlet Seven Days reported. However, that event was overshadowed by the immoral display at halftime. According to the Daily Mail, the halftime show consisted of a group of students and faculty dressed in drag parading around the field. They began by chanting, “Drag Ball!” before breaking into a lip-sync performance of “Rainbow Reign” by Todrick Hall. Pictures and videos from the event are horrifying, to say the least. VT: Burlington’s high school homecoming drag show leaves LGBTQ+ students with mixed emotions. Principal Lauren McBride waited near the field, her walkie-talkie crackled: “They’re coming out, and they look fabulous.” Child abuse. Gender confusion. At a public school. pic.twitter.com/btqXJBXYf0 — Dalton (@DaltonReport) October 17, 2021 https://youtu.be/pr8_EiteYUM “We got kings, we got queens, we got in-betweens,” a stadium announcer declared, according to the Daily Mail. “We need you to give it up for all these performers.” There are so many issues with this event that it’s hard to know where to start, but I’ll try my best to break it down. First, encouraging students to engage in this type of behavior is completely irresponsible coming from adults. It’s bad enough for staff members to participate in the disturbing event, but some staff members were even more involved. According to the Daily Mail, Burlington High School’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance was behind the planning for the event. English teacher Andrew LeValley,…

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