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High school senior who filmed teacher’s anti-military rant is to raise money to visit the White House.
A Southern California city council member and teacher, who called members of the army and the “lowest of the low” was condemned Tuesday by his council colleagues — and some of them demanded he resign.
Gregory Salcido, who was placed on leave from El Rancho high School in Pico Rivera, was heard on a video denigrating members of the military in a rant aimed at a 17-year-old student wearing a U. S. Marine Corps sweatshirt.
“They are not as high-level thinkers, they are not academic people, they are not the intellectual people; they are the frickin’ lowest of the low,” he said. “I don’t understand why we let the military guys come over here and recruit at the school. We don’t let pimps come into the school.”
Pico Rivera, Calif., Councillor and El Rancho high School teacher Gregory Salcido addresses the audience during a meeting of the city council in Pico Rivera city Hall on Tuesday.
The remarks prompted President Trump ‘ s Chief of Staff, retired Gen. John Kelly, to say Salcido “should go to hell.”
Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo Camacho called Salcido comments of “bullying, arrogant and aggressive behaviour.” The council can not force Salcido to resign, but a motion was introduced to censure Salcido – that bar would have him out of the city committees and events, and to ask him to resign from the board.
Salcido, who made his first public appearance since Jan. 26, said he is sorry to anyone who was offended by his comments. Eventually, he is not to apologize for the remarks themselves.
Salcido said that he tried to make his students not to settle for the army.
“My goal is, when it comes to my students, is to get them to do everything to get to the university,” he said. “I wanted to challenge them to reach their academic potential.”
The student who was visited by Salcido and the student’s family chose not to attend the hearing, saying through an attorney they believed that their presence would inflame the situation.
Jamie Park, Pico Rivera, Calif., holds signs during a city council meeting in Pico Rivera city Hall on Tuesday.
The teenager told the Orange County Register in January he thought Salcido went too far with his comments.
“It was so disrespectful to my father and my uncles and all veterans and those still in the army,” he said.
Salcido gave no indication he was planning to resign from his position. He voted against the resolution.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.