A Southern California high school teacher was caught slamming members of the military as “the frickin’ lowest of the low” in a classroom rant to students that has gone viral.
El Rancho High school history teacher Gregory Salcido – who is also a Pico Rivera city councilman and former mayor – went so far as to refer to military personnel overseas as failed students who had no choice but to serve.
“We’ve got a bunch of dumb … over there,” Salcido says in the recording, using a expletive.
“Think about the people who you know who are over there — your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever — they’re dumb … . They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people; they’re the freaking lowest of our low.”…
“You better not freaking go,” Salcido says in one recording. “Don’t wear that in here.”…
While presenting his opinion on the quality of the military, Salcido also invoked what appeared to be stereotypes in reference to people in the Middle East and Asia.
“We haven’t been able to beat these guys wearing freaking robes and chanclas [flip-flops] for 15 years,” he said. “We couldn’t beat the Vietnamese — they’re a bunch of people this freaking big throwing rice at us.”
Kimberlie Flauto posted the video on her Facebook page and it quickly went viral. So far, the post has been shared over 94,000 times.
Help me make this go viral. My friends son was sporting his marine sweater while this liberal douche teacher rants about…
Fox News reports:
White House chief of staff John Kelly, in a wide-ranging interview with Fox News Radio, said the California teacher who has made headlines for bashing the military in a profane classroom rant should “go to hell” – while also vowing that the classified memo that Republicans say reveals shocking government surveillance abuses will soon be made public.
“Well, I think the guy ought to go to hell,” Kelly, a retired Marine general, told host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday in a post-State of the Union interview. “I just hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyle that we have fought for.”
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The Washington Post reports:
The student who recorded the video is a 17-year-old senior whose father and two uncles are veterans, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
“It was so disrespectful to my dad and my uncles and all veterans and those still in the military,” the student told the newspaper over the weekend, noting at the time that “he wished to remain anonymous because he doesn’t want any repercussions from friends who support Salcido.”
But on Monday, CW affiliate KTLA identified the student as Victor Quinonez, who told the station that he hopes to join the Marines — like his father.
Quinonez’s mother, Karen Rodriguez, told KTLA that Salcido should lose his teaching job.
“I don’t think that somebody with that mentality — and not being able to refrain themselves from the things that they express about — should be . . . in a school environment,” she told the station.
Salcido, KTLA reported, also made her son “stand in front of the class to justify why he wants to become a Marine after graduating this year.”
Said the boy’s father, Vincent: “It’s not . . . about freedom of speech. That’s fine; [Salcido] can say what he wants. But to say it to the youth is wrong. To bully my son is wrong, to discriminate against people who want to be in the military is wrong.”
Amid mounting backlash — including calls for his firing — Salcido has been condemned by his fellow council members and placed on administrative leave by the school district, whose superintendent has said “there will be disciplinary measures taken.”
A special Tuesday night school board meeting in Pico Rivera, a small city on the outskirts of Los Angeles, was “standing room only,” according to a reporter who covered it, and some attendees wore military garb or brought American flags. “Several people in the audience wanted to speak directly to why Salcido, 49, has not been fired,” the Whittier Daily News reported.
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Salcido did not return a request for comment sent to the email address on his city biography page, which said he was a graduate of El Rancho High School, where he now teaches, and has served as the city’s mayor three times. He also serves as a member of the city’s History and Heritage Society Committee.
He told the Los Angeles Times that he had been receiving threats since the video was published.
“Because of the many vulgar and violent threats against my family I do not have any comment on the situation at this time,” he said in an email to the newspaper.
Valdez, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, told the Tribune that he had ordered patrols of Salcido’s home. He also sent deputies to the home of the student who recorded the teacher’s rant.
“We are monitoring social media where there has been very strong opinions on both sides,” Valdez told the newspaper. “Our priority is keeping people safe, especially students and school and city staff.”
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