A Southern California teacher was recorded insulting the U.S. military during class and was immediately fired through a unanimous decision
Gregory Salcido had to leave his history teacher position at El Rancho High School after describing the U.S. military and everyone who joins it using harsh words.
“His comments do not reflect what we stand for, who we are. The classroom should never be a place where students feel that they are picked at, bullied, intimidated,” Board of Education President Aurora Villon said
During one of the classes, a student secretly recorded him asking the class why would they would to serve in the military, insulting those who do.
In the recording, the professor can be heard saying terrible things about those who serve in the U.S. military:
“They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people. They’re the lowest of our low,” Salcido said during government class
After the recording was released, Salcido had to face a severe backlash. Thousands of emails overwhelmed the school board, as both veterans and relatives of military personnel worldwide expressed their disgust.
Salcido did not wait long and apologized at a City Council meeting, attempting to clarify that his comments “had nothing to do with their moral character.”
“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. That’s not a criticism of anybody. Anything I said had nothing to do with their moral character,” he said
In a break, he told reporters that he believes that joining the military is not the “best option” for his students, adding that “that does not mean I’m anti-military, because I’m not.”
As expected, the student who recorded the event had his own opinion:
“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion but at the same time they shouldn’t be disrespecting the veterans who have fought for our rights, who give up their lives and do stuff that other people are not willing to do,” Quinonez mentioned