SoCal Teacher On Leave After Anti-Military Rant Goes Viral
El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido has been placed on administrative leave after disparaging comments he made about members of the U.S. military to a class full of students were exposed on YouTube.
The six-minute rant, which you can view above, was recorded by one of his students and released in a now viral video that has elicited condemnation from residents and colleagues, a local restaurant, and even the U.S. Pentagon.
Salcido, who also serves on the Pico Rivera City Council, began his diatribe by referring to military men and women as “dumb shits” and “the lowest of our low.”
“If you join the military it’s because you had no other options,” Salcido told his classroom. “It’s because you didn’t take care of business academically and your parents didn’t love you enough to push you, and then you didn’t love yourself enough to push yourself…”
“Why would anyone ever sign up for that?”
The El Rancho Unified School District issued the following response to the now viral video:
This morning our District is the center of attention over a video on social media where one of our teachers appears to disrespect the family values of our students and families in the classroom. Our classrooms are not the appropriate place for one-sided discussions that undermine the values our families hold dear. We are investigating. We will find out exactly what happened and take all appropriate action to ensure that the values of our students and families are respected in our schools. The El Rancho Unified School District is committed to providing all of our students a safe, nurturing and respectful educational environment in which they can strive and succeed.
The city council also offered swift and unanimous condemnation of Salcido’s comments before stripping him from all committees.
In response to Salcido’s comments, members of the U.S. military and their families flooded Salcido’s twitter feed with bios of some of the incredible men and women who serve in our armed forces.
Meanwhile, a local restaurant has pulled a popular lunch special from its menu in response to the controversy. Zapien’s Salsa Grill will no longer be offering its enchilada plate “The Mayor” which was named in honor the councilman and three time mayor of Pico Rivera.
Fellow Councilmember Bob Archuleta, a former combat veteran and paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division issued a passionate response to the comments his colleague made.
The District is investigating the incident, but would not comment on the matter other than to acknowledge that it is Salcido’s voice on the tape and that he has been put on administrative leave.
This is not the first time El Rancho has had Salcido on their radar. He made headline several years ago after allegedly slapping one of his students in the head.
Salcido has not yet issued an apology for his comments.