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'Anti-military' California teacher fired for video rant

22 March, 2018, 01:18 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • School Board Fires Pico Rivera Teacher Whose Anti-Military Rant Was Caught on Video

The El Rancho Unified School District board voted unanimously to fire history instructor Gregory Salcido, who was previously a teacher at El Rancho High School, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The student who secretly recorded Salcido - later identified by KTLA-TV as Victor Quinonez - told Fox News opinion writer Todd Starnes in January that his teacher had "a history of being anti-military".

Salcido also could be heard telling Quinonez not to wear his U.S. Marines sweatshirt in his classroom.

"Think about the people who you know who are over there". They're not like high-level thinkers, they're not academic people, they're not intellectual people; they're the freaking lowest of our low.

Mr Salcido said people have threatened to kill him, rape his wife and leave his son an orphan since the video was released, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Villon said students should feel respected on campus, and in this case, she felt "that was not happening".

Salcido, who is also a Pico Rivera councilman, apologized at a City Council meeting in February, and tried explaining that his comments "had nothing to do with their moral character" reported the LA Times.

Salcido faced severe backlash following the comments. with thousands of emails flooding the school board and people attending meetings, calling on the teacher to step down.




A Pentagon spokeswoman, when asked about Salcido's comments later in January, called the teacher's remarks "very uninformed".

Pico Rivera, a predominantly Latino city of 63,000, was founded by veterans after World War II and maintains a strong connection to the military, its mayor, Gustavo Camacho, told The Washington Post.

Quinonez told KTLA he recorded the videos because he was exhausted of hearing disparaging remarks about the military from the teacher.

Mr Salcido denies being anti-military but said he maintains the military is not the best option for his students. John Kelly, White House chief of staff and a former Marine Corps general, even commented on the matter.

On the recording he's heard dismissing military people as not smart, adding the only ones who join are those who didn't prepare for college. "I just hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyle that we have fought for".

Although Salcido' comments took place in the classroom, the blow-back from the episode has extended to his seat on Pico Rivera' City Council.

The city council, of which he is a member, called on him to resign from his post on Tuesday.

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