Over the weekend, videos (included below) were released of a California high school teacher making vile statements about the United States military to his students.
Today, we have learned his bosses responded to his comments. And we also know the teacher has a dark, violent past.
The teacher, Gregory Salcido, teaches at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California. He has served as mayor of the town and is currently on the city council, in addition to his teaching job.
After seeing a student wearing a U.S. Marines sweatshirt, Salcido went on a rant against the military, demeaning them as unintelligent, calling them the “frickin’ lowest of the low.” Salcido has not apologized, and he has told the Los Angeles Times that he and his family are receiving violent threats.
El Rancho High history teacher Gregory Salcido — who also serves as an elected Pico Rivera city councilman and was once mayor — even goes so far as to refer to those who are in the military overseas as failed students who had no choice but to serve, “Fox & Friends” reported Sunday.
“Think about the people you know who are over there,” Salcido is heard saying. “Your freakin’ stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. They’re dumb s – – – s. They’re not high-level bankers. They’re not academic people. They’re not intellectual people.”
“They’re the freakin’ lowest of our low.”
He is also heard questioning why military recruiters were allowed to visit the school.
“We don’t allow pimps to come into the school,” he says.
District Superintendent Karling Aguilera-Fort told the paper that he had not spoken to Salcido because the teacher was out of town. He said Salcido would be disciplined.
After the videos were posted on Facebook, a friend of the family of a student shared it, asking for people to respond to it. She included the emails to the school board members in Pico Rivera.
Help me make this go viral. My friends son was sporting his marine sweater while this liberal douche teacher rants about the military. The school is called El rancho high school in the city of pico rivera california. The teacher’s name is MR. Salcido.
Superintendent Karling Aguilera-Fort
After the videos went viral, Salcido’s Facebook page is being overrun by angry military supporters who are posting their thoughts.
Now, we have learned that the teacher has a violent past, but was allowed to continue teaching. In addition, the school board is currently investigating his comments, and they appear angered by his words. The Washington Times reports.
Pico Rivera school board President Aurora R. Villon said she was “dumbfounded” by Mr. Salcido’s comments.
“This is not something that we are taking lightly,” she told The Times. “I cannot discuss it because it is a personnel matter, other than we are conducting a full-blown investigation. We are moving very diligently.”
This isn’t Mr. Salcido’s first controversy at El Rancho High. In 2012, he was placed on administrative leave after admitting to slapping a student, the Los Angeles Daily News reported at the time. In 2010, he was reportedly suspended after a parent complained that he threatened his daughter and made inappropriate comments to his summer school class about race. In both instances, Mr. Salcido claimed that the allegations were “exaggerated.”
Here are the videos featuring the comments by Gregory Salcido.