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Teacher who called US military 'lowest of low' is fired

Teacher who called US military 'lowest of low' is fired

The decision came nearly two months after a video of Salcido first went viral, in which he can be heard chastising 17-year-old student Victor Quinonez for wearing a U.S. Marines sweatshirt and calling military members the "lowest of our low".

"They're not like high-level thinkers, they're not academic people, they're not intellectual people".

The Los Angeles Times reports that the rant may have been in reaction to a student wearing a Marines shirt.

"We've got a bunch of dumb (expletive) over there", he said during a soft-spoken, occasionally profane lecture that lasted several minutes while his students sometimes giggled.

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The backlash was intense and immediate.

He has been on unpaid leave since the video went viral, according to the Washington Post.

"Everyone's entitled to their own opinion but at the same time they shouldn't be disrespecting the veterans who have fought for our rights, who give up their lives and do stuff that other people are not willing to do", Quinonez, who says he wants to be a Marine, told Fox News. Salcido told his peers that since the videos became public, he and his family have received multiple death threats.

Salcido, who also serves on the Pico Rivera City Council, has 30 days to appeal the school board's decision, the Los Angeles Times reported. For example, he reiterated his assertion that the military attracts people of low intelligence.

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"I don't think it's at all a revelation to anybody that those who aren't stellar students usually find the military a better option". 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".

And though he's apologized, he also seemingly fails to realize the gravity of his situation.

The El Rancho Unified School District voted unanimously on Tuesday to fire history teacher Gregory Salcido.

El Rancho Board of Education President Aurora Villon said all students should feel respected in the classroom.

'The classroom should never be a place where students feel that they are picked at, bullied, intimidated'. But in a text message to the Whittier Daily News, he said that it "would not be appropriate to comment until I am officially notified of a decision by the District".

Salcido's former student, Jeovany Zavala, however, came to the former teacher's defense.

"You better not frickin' go".

Following the outcry over the comments on the military in January, Salcido tried to clarify the remarks at a City Council meeting in February.


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