High School teacher and Pico Rivera City Councilman Gregory Salcido made headlines in January after being caught on a tirade in class railing against the military and singling out a student for wearing a “Marines” sweater. Two months later, Salcido has been fired from the school.
The Los Angeles Times reports the El Rancho Unified School District voted unanimously Tuesday to fire Salcido from El Rancho High School. Salcido was a history teacher at the school.“The classroom should never be a place where students feel that they are picked at, bullied, intimidated,” Board of Education President Aurora Villon said.
In the video that caught his rant, Salcido called members of the military the “lowest of the low” and how they were “dumb s**ts.”
“If you were interested in college would you ever consider the military? No,” he told the class. “But you bulls***ters out there wasted 13 years of your education, and you have no other options, and you’re trying to figure out what am I gonna do?”
He also compared the tradition of family members serving in the military to beating one’s spouse.
During city council meetings, veterans and regular citizens ripped into him and called for him to resign.
Salcido did apologize for the way he said his opinion, but continues to believe the military is not the best path for his students to take. He also has refused to resign from the Pico Rivera City Council.