In the video, El Rancho High teacher Gregory Salcido, who is also a Pico Rivera City council member, says military members are failed students who had no other choice but to serve. It may be his right to do so, but it doesn't make him appear very smart - and all the while in this rant he's putting down everyone who wears a uniform.
In 2010, Salcido was reportedly accused by a parent of making inappropriate racial comments during a summer school class, the Register reported.
He is also heard questioning why military recruiters were allowed to visit the school. "My brother had nothing to do with this".
Salcido also used current events in Pico Rivera at the time to teach civics lessons in his classes, even if that meant wading into adult subject matters.
Free speech has its downsides - for the speaker. That's fine, he can say what he wants, but to say it to the youth is wrong. "To bully my son is wrong, to discriminate against people who want to be in the military is wrong".More news: Here's why we might not see an iPhone SE 2 this year
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The City Council and residents of Pico Rivera are steadfast in the recognition that the contributions by those who have served or are now serving our country via military service are respected and we are grateful for their service. "We have received hundreds of phone calls from concerned people", Aguilera-Fort said. "The teacher's name is Mr. Salcido". He said they fought in Afghanistan, Desert Storm and Vietnam.
El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California.
In the video, which Quinonez surreptitiously recorded while the camera was mostly pointed at his shirt, Salcido repeatedly called USA service members "dumbsh-s". "Think about the people who you know who are over there, your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever", Salcido is heard telling his class. They're not like high-level thinkers, they're not academic people, they're not intellectual people; they're the freaking lowest of our low.
"A lot of people say bad things about the military but like I'm saying, they don't see the sacrifices we've made". Eyewitness News reached out to Salcido several times, but our messages have not been returned. He did confirm that Salcido would face disciplinary action upon his return, military.com reported.
Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo Camacho said the city is "looking at all options". Salcido, the longest-serving member of the council, has a history of being at odds with the majority of the council on votes regarding the city manager's contract, a townhome project and the expansion of an auto fix shop.
Smith announced on Monday that the Pentagon is working on an initiative to raise awareness of service in the military, to help bridge a growing divide in the country between those who serve or have family in the military and those who do not.