Gregory Salcido, the California teacher whose anti-military remarks were caught on a video that went viral two months ago, has been fired from his position, The L.A. Times is reporting.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Gregory Salcido was sacked Tuesday night following a unanimous vote from the El Rancho Unified School District. He is a lifelong resident of East Los Angeles.
He was placed on paid administrative leave after police received a complaint that he had hit a student in 2012.
Salcido apologized at a City Council meeting in February, the paper reported, and attempted to clarify that his comments "had nothing to do with their moral character".
Quinonez told KTLA he recorded the videos because he was exhausted of hearing disparaging remarks about the military from the teacher.
"My goal, as it relates to my students, related to the military, is to get them to do everything to get to college", Salcido said at a city council meeting February 13 defending his comments. Think about the people who you know who are over there - your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever - they're dumb [expletive]. They're dumbs---s. They're not like high-level thinkers, they're not academic people, and they're not intellectual people. "They're the lowest of our low".
Aside from making headlines, Salcido's screed earned him attention from White House chief of staff John Kelly, who said the former teacher "ought to go to hell". President Donald trump's chief of staff John Kelly said on January 31 in an interview with Fox News Radio, "I think the guy ought to go to hell".
Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, told Fox News, "I just hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyle that we have fought for".
A California teacher who used his classroom as a forum for bashing the US military has been fired. In addition to serving on the Pico Rivera City Council, he is also a former mayor. After he announced he would not resign from that seat, his El Rancho High colleague Raul Elias filed a petition to recall him from City Council.
He then says that overseas service people are "the freakin" lowest of our low.
"If you were interested in college would you ever consider the military?"
Salcido also repeated his contention that less successful students more often join the military, ABC 7 said. Afterward, Salcido broke his public silence over the matter for this first time, standing by his comments but saying he and his family have gotten death threats during the controversy. "They're not talented people".