A soldier stationed at Fort Hood, Tex., has taken to social media with claims that her life is in danger, and that she’s under attack. But she made the claims without being specific as to what is endangering her. U.S. Army Sgt. Jewell Scott posted a video on Instagram alerting viewers that if she ends up dead, the public should suspect foul play. Scott began posting the disturbing charges on May 19 on Instagram that she was being targeted, but at no point did she say who is trying to hurt her or why it’s happening.
The Killeen Daily Herald reports that Scott’s claims have prompted the Army officials behind III Corps and Fort Hood’s Facebook page to respond to her allegations online.
“We are aware of the allegations and concerns raised by Sgt. Jewel Scott. We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and commanders will investigate and take action as appropriate. Sgt. Scott is safe and in the care of her unit leadership,” wrote on Facebook. “Our Soldiers can always bring up concerns to their leadership, who will take appropriate action commensurate with Army Standards and values.”
In her Instagram post, Scott shares a video of herself in which she is pulled over by police and says she was accused of being “AWOL” — absent without leave.
It seems that all the videos and posts to social media are made by Scott. The Killeen Daily Herald writes these posts all “appeared to be in or adjacent to a Fort Hood barracks with military police standing nearby both day and night.”
“I think these people are trying to kill me,” Scott said in the video without telling people watching the video who she refers to. “They will not leave me alone.” She also shows video she says was taken around 3 a.m., in which she says she’s being surveilled and harassed.
Scott thanked her social-media followers for their support, while claiming that the Army has decided to “kick me out in the next 10 days.” She encouraged others to share her story.
It is unusual that Fort Hood responded publicly on its Facebook page about complaints or the soldiers making them. When Scott’s followers and readers following the story online demanded to know why Fort Hood revealed her name, Fort Hood answered:
“The soldier has made allegations. The unit will investigate. Please allow the process to work and not conduct the investigation via social media.”
To this, Scott responded on her Instagram page: “THIS IS A LIE! I am NOT in the “CARE” of my LEADERSHIP. The last time I have spoken to my leadership was when they had me illegally arrested by undercovers, and taken to the hospital.”
Scott created a GoFundMe account to help with expenses once leaving the Army. In it, she continues her claims of targeting and harassment.
“For months, I have tried to bring awareness to these things in which Fort Hood continues to cover up and neglect,” Scott said, also noting that she was working with local media, prompting them to discharge her.
Fort Hood officials maintained in its Facebook post that Scott’s concerns would be addressed and that she would be assigned assistance directly.
“The leadership across 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (13ESC) took immediate action by initiating a review of all Sgt. Scott's concerns and allegations. Sgt. Scott has been assigned a female, non-commissioned officer escort who she can access 24/7,” the statement said. “A senior investigating officer that is external to her command will be appointed for an administrative investigation. In addition, Sgt. Scott was provided with the opportunity to file a report with the Army's Criminal Investigation Division.”