Teacher who called military 'lowest of the low' fired


MORE: Pico Rivera councilman, teacher recorded making anti-military rant in classroom Quinonez said he was berated by Salcido for wearing a Marine Corps sweatshirt in class. Salcido teaches US government at El Rancho High School and is a current member of the Pico Rivera City Council as well as a former mayor.

The El Rancho Unified School District voted unanimously to dismiss the history teacher Gregory Salcido on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Salcido also repeated his contention that less successful students more often join the military, ABC 7 said.

Before that, in 2010, a parent alleged that Salcido threatened his daughter, insulted other students and parents and made inappropriate comments about race during a summer school class.

A CT woman who is a friend of Quinonez' family posted the videos on Facebook on January 26, and one of them has been viewed more than 6 million times as of Monday afternoon.

"The classroom should never be a place where students feel that they are picked at, bullied, intimidated", Aurora Villon, president of the district's board of education, told the Los Angeles Times.

Salcido, who is also a Pico Rivera City Councilman, faced the music over his comments last month.

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"I think the guy ought to go to hell". "If anything I've said has hurt somebody it was unintentional".

Salcido has been on unpaid leave since January, and Villon said he would remain so pending an appeal.

Even White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had some choice words for Salcido after his anti-military rant, telling him that he "ought to go to hell". "I just hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyle that we have fought for", Kelly said. He said his family received death threats over the comments. I think people in the military or students who look into the military are lower standing students. "Anything I said had nothing to do with their moral character", he said during a February city council meeting.

Salcido called the incident "probably the most exaggerated situation I've ever seen". For example, he reiterated his assertion that the military attracts people of low intelligence.

As of this writing, it is not clear if Salcido will retain his post on the Pico Rivera City Council.

"I do believe the military is not the best option for my students", he continued.

"Employment, income, and educational attainment rates were consistently higher, and poverty rates consistently lower, than general nationwide rates" among new veterans, the report said.