California Teacher Who Called Military ‘Lowest of the Low’ is Finally Fired

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A history teacher who was videotaped telling his students that only dumb people join the U.S. military has been fired by the suburban Southern California school district where he has taught for more than 15 years.

Board of Education President Aurora Villon said El Rancho Unified School District history teacher Gregory Salcido was fired following a unanimous vote by the school board. Salcido has 30 days to appeal the decision.

In January Salcido upbraided a 17-year-old student for wearing a Marines sweatshirt to his class at El Rancho High School, telling him members of the U.S. military are “the lowest of our low.”

“We’ve got a bunch of dumb (expletive) over there,” he said during a soft-spoken, occasionally profane lecture that lasted several minutes while his students sometimes giggled. “Think about the people who you know who are over there, your stupid, frickin’ Uncle Louie or whoever.”

Villon said the small school district in the overwhelmingly Hispanic suburb of Pico Rivera has been “swamped with controversy” since a video of the remarks went viral after a family friend of the student posted it on Facebook.

Salcido, who graduated from El Rancho High, received his teaching credential in 1999 and went to work at his alma mater soon after.

He is also a longtime member of the Pico Rivera City Council and served as mayor in 2002, 2010 and 2015.

Since his remarks went viral he has rejected fellow councilmembers’ demands that he resign. One councilmember has launched a recall petition.

Salcido grew up in Pico Rivera, a city of about 63,000 residents, 90 percent of them Hispanic and located a dozen miles east of Los Angeles.

Alex Hall

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