The teacher corrosive anti-military classroom rant goes viral
Jonathan Hunt reports on the controversy surrounding El Rancho High history teacher Gregory Salcido the notes recorded by a student.
A Southern California teacher who was recorded bashing the AMERICAN army in a profane classroom rant was dismissed Tuesday evening.
Board of Education President Aurora Villon said the El Rancho Unified School District reached a unanimous decision to fire Gregory Salcido, a history teacher at El Rancho high School and the chosen Pico Rivera city councilman, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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“His comments do not reflect what we stand for, who we are,” Villon said, adding that “the classroom should never be a place where the students feel that they are being picked at, bullied, intimidated.”
“His comments do not reflect what we stand for, who we are. The classroom should never be a place where the students feel that they are being picked at, bullied, intimidated.”
– Board of Education President Aurora Villon
Salcido faced a serious setback after a student secretly recorded him asking his government class why they would want to serve in the army, calling those who serve “dumbs—s.”
“Think about the people you know who are over there. Your freaking stupid Uncle Louie, or whatever. She dumbs—s,” Salcido can be heard saying in the Jan. 25 rant.
“They are not as high-level thinkers, they are not academic people, they are not the intellectual people. They are the lowest of the low.”
Villon said, thousands of emails flooded the school board, veterans and survivors of military personnel from all over the world their disgust is expressed with Salcido reactions.
Salcido and apologized at a city council meeting in February, the paper reported, and tried to make it clear that his comments “had nothing to do with their moral character.”
“I don’t think that it has been a revelation for everyone that those who are not stellar students generally find the military a better option. … That is not a criticism of anyone. Everything I said had nothing to do with their moral character,” he said, the paper reported.
During a break, he told reporters that he believes that the military is not the “best option” for his students, but added: “that does not mean that I am anti-military, because I’m not.”
The student who secretly recorded Salcido — later identified by KTLA-TV as the Victor Quiñonez — told Fox News opinion writer Todd Starnes in January that his teacher had “a history of anti-military.”
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but at the same time, they should not have a lack of respect for the veterans who have fought for our rights, who give their lives and doing things that other people are not willing to do,” Quiñonez, who says that he wants to be a Marine, told Fox News.
The rant even prompted a strong reaction from the White House chief of staff John Kelly, who said that Salcido “should go to hell.”
“I can only hope that he enjoys the freedom and the lifestyle that we have fought for,” Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.