Of late, the news here in Bellingham has been consumed with the disappearance of Ferndale High School Assistant Track Coach Jeremy Scully. Last Thursday, Scully was reported missing and on Saturday his car was discovered alongside a road near Lake Samish, just south of Bellingham. The keys were still in ignition and the door was ajar. On Sunday, several hikers stumbled upon a body on Blanchard mountain with a gunshot wound to the head. This morning, the Bellingham Herald reports that the body was Scully.
This is a sad story to me, and one that seems to have caught my attention. I did not know Scully, and know little more about the case than what investigators have told the media. However, it seems random and odd that someone like him would disappear and be found murdered.
The news has also made a big deal out of the fact that Scully had an online membership to an adult swingers site. The connection to that and his murder is still largely speculation. However, it seems to be the most highlighted part of the case, second to the recent identification of his body.
That brings up a more trivial point. We all have our skeletons in the closet, some that we may not be so bashful about, even while we are alive. But I think this is a point that behooves us all to pay attention to (Larry Craig take note): the things that we consume ourselves with, whether they be illicit or not, embarrassing or not, righteous or not, all have larger implication on the mark we leave and our perceptions of others. As humans we are compelled to do good and make right. I always say that we ought to make the world a little better for us having lived in it. Sadly, sometimes our biggest efforts to do that can be thwarted by our smallest secrets.
It’s saddening to me that Jeremy Scully will not be remembered in public view as a great track coach and teacher who likely influenced the lives of many young people, but instead be remembered as that teacher who was involved in some freaky underground swinger site.
Christ compels us to live by a higher standard. He said that no longer is it just a sin to commit adultery, it is even a sin to think about committing adultery. Meaning, do the right things even when nobody else is looking. Be prudent, practice righteous. Because you never know when the things you do will define the memory of your life.
My condolences to Jeremy’s family and his girlfriend.