Calif. school district fires teacher who ripped military


In addition to serving on the Pico Rivera City Council, he is also a former mayor.

Gregory Salcido, a teacher at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, was recorded calling service members the "lowest of the low" in an anti-military rant in class in January, according to ABC 7 in Los Angeles. Salcido has 30 days to appeal the decision, it added.

Board of Education President Aurora Villon said students should feel respected, and that was not the case in this situation. In one video, the teacher calls military members the "lowest of our low".

School board announces decision to fire Salcido In the five-minute diatribe recorded by student Victor Quinonez, Salcido is heard using expletives about those who serve in the military and their intelligence. Your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. "They're not like high-level thinkers, they're not academic people, they're not intellectual people", Salcido continued. "Anything I said had nothing to do with their moral character", he said, the paper reported. "People have told me they're gonna rape my wife, they're gonna kill me".

A CT woman who is a friend of Quinonez' family posted the videos on Facebook on January 26, and one of them has been viewed more than 6 million times as of Monday afternoon.

The video, reportedly in response to a student wearing a Marines shirt, was widely shared online and thrust the controversy into the national spotlight.

Salcido's profane and disparaging comments sparked harsh condemnation: The school district was deluged by thousands of emails, many from veterans, active-duty troops and military family members, the Times reported.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Mr Salcido "ought to go to hell". "I just hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyles that we fought for".

"I don't think it's all a revelation to anybody that those who aren't stellar students usually find the military a better option", Salcido said there.

Salcido, 49, was placed on administrative leave in 2012 after a parent said he smacked her 15-year-old son on the back in class. Salcido told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune he did so not with intent to harm the boy but to wake him up. MORE: Pico Rivera councilman blasted for anti-military comments "We've been inundated with death threats", he said.

As of this writing, it is not clear if Salcido will retain his post on the Pico Rivera City Council.