Monday, 19 February, 2018

California teacher put on administrative leave following anti-military tirade

High school teacher rips US military in profane classroom rant (AUDIO) High school teacher is filmed telling students that military personnel are the 'lowest of the low' in the middle of a history
Steve Townsend | 31 January, 2018, 06:18

Salcido continues to bash the service men by saying that they are, "the freakin" lowest of our low.

A teacher and city council member in Pico Rivera, California, is under investigation by the school board after he was recorded during an in-classroom rant calling military members stupid and untalented. In the 5-minute speech recorded by a student, Gregory Salcido is heard using expletives about those who serve in the military and their intelligence. "They're the freakin' lowest of our low" when talking about the military and the caliber of people who he says choose to sign up. "They're the freakin' lowest of our low". "They're the lowest of our low".

According to KTLA, the now-viral videos were posted on Facebook last week by Victor Quinonez, a senior at the school who wants to join the Marines.

"He's like one of the best teachers I've ever had", a 17-year-old student said at the time of the 2010 incident. "Don't wear that in here". It's because you didn't take care of business academically, because your parents didn't love you enough to push you and then you didn't love yourself enough to push yourself'. He just showed the video to his mother, who further spread it amongst her friends. Salcido posted on Facebook saying, "I don't think it's wise for me to make any specific comments, but I want my friends, family and students to know we are fine and we respect the rights of free expression for all individuals".

The video doesn't show Salcido's face, but the Pico Rivera City Council acknowledged it's him in a statement it issued to condemn the comments.

"This is not something that we are taking lightly", Pico Rivera School Board President Aurora Villon told Los Angeles Times. At the time, Salcido denied making inappropriate comments and said they were exaggerated.

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Councilman Salcido credits his students for being a constant reminder that keeping a positive and optimistic disposition is necessary for a productive future.

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

One referenced the relative proximity of Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corps base located about two hours away from Pico Rivera.

Salcido's upstart campaign failed, though according to a 2002 Los Angeles Times profile, the candidate used the opportunity to teach his students about the US electoral process.

"I don't think there's any court in the country that would say that a school district could bar the wearing of a T-shirt or sweatshirt like that", Snyder said.

Aside from his Council duties, Councilmember Salcido serves as a member of the History and Heritage Society Committee.

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