The school board is now investigating a teacher from Pico Rivera, CA, who was recorded bashing the U.S. military. Gregory Salcido, who is also a councilman, told students that the members of the military are too “dumb” to pursue other careers.
At one point he describes the U.S. military personnel as the “lowest of our low.”
This is not something that we are taking lightly,
a spokesperson for the Pico Rivera school board told the media after the recordings surfaced online.
The teacher’s comments led to a monster backlash in a community that has many loved ones serving in the military. The school board said they launched a “full-blown investigation” into the issue.
In one of the covert videos that surfaced online, Salcido, 49, can be heard saying that those in the U.S. military are “not talented people”. He tells students that only “dumb” people – like “your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever” – opt for a military career.
Teacher Bashes U.S. Veterans
The councilman added that the members of the military are not “academic people” or “high-level thinkers.” “They’re the freaking lowest of our low,” the teacher added.
Salcido’s acid monologue was sparked by a student’s decision to wear a Marine sweatshirt in class. At one point, the teacher warns the student not to wear that in school.
Over the weekend, the man traveled to New York to meet with city staff to find funding for urgent repairs to local dams. After learning about the scandal when they got back home, the teacher and his wife headed to their home, citing “violent and vulgar threats.”
Salcido refused to comment on the issue when the media contacted him.
Councilman Bob J. Archuleta was appalled by the remarks. He couldn’t grasp how a teacher could demean the country’s veterans in front of the children he is supposed to educate.
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