Teacher who called military 'lowest of our low' is fired
Teacher who called military 'lowest of our low' is fired
Who Is Gregory Salcido? Teacher Fired For Anti-Military Rant
22 March, 2018, 01:19
The Los Angeles Times reports that the rant may have been in reaction to a student wearing a Marines shirt.
MORE: Pico Rivera councilman, teacher recorded making anti-military rant in classroom Quinonez said he was berated by Salcido for wearing a Marine Corps sweatshirt in class. Salcido teaches USA government at El Rancho High School and is a current member of the Pico Rivera City Council as well as a former mayor.
A woman who is a friend of the family posted the videos of the incident on Facebook in late January. Think about the people who you know who are over there - your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever - they're dumb [expletive].
"They're not like high-level thinkers, they're not academic people, they're not intellectual people".
"The classroom should never be a place where students feel that they are picked at, bullied, intimidated", El Rancho Board of Education President Aurora Villon told the newspaper. The board said Salcido would remain on unpaid leave pending any appeals to the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
The high school teacher was sacked after an investigation into his remarks, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Salcido grew up in Pico Rivera, a city of about 63,000 residents, 90 per cent of them Hispanic and located a dozen miles east of Los Angeles.
"My goal, as it relates to my students, related to the military, is to get them to do everything to get to college", Salcido said at a city council meeting February 13 defending his comments.
Quinonez told KTLA he recorded the videos because he was exhausted of hearing disparaging remarks about the military from the teacher.
Aside from making headlines, Salcido's screed earned him attention from White House chief of staff John Kelly, who said the former teacher "ought to go to hell".
Salcido told the City Council last month his remarks were taken out of context, adding he was attempting to motivate an apathetic student. Once she does, Elias will have 120 days to collect at least 6,386 signatures - 20 percent of Pico Rivera's registered voters to trigger a recall election.
"I just hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyle that we have fought for", Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, told Fox News. But in a text message to the Whittier Daily News, he said that it "would not be appropriate to comment until I am officially notified of a decision by the District".
The city council previously issued a statement, signed by the mayor and three other council members, saying they disagreed with Salcido's comments.
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