The teacher who made national headlines for going on an anti-military tirade has now been fired. The teacher was secretly filmed by a student who then showed the video to his parents.
The teacher, Gregory Salcido, was fired from El Rancho High School in a unanimous decision by school district officials. He will have 30 days to appeal the decision but any attempt at a reversal will likely be a huge uphill battle.
“The classroom should never be a place where students feel that they are picked at, bullied, intimidated,” demanded Aurora Villon who currently resides as the Board of Education President.
Salcido’s rant and subsequent leak of the video happened in late January. Among a host of other terrible things, he said that service members are the “lowest of our low.”
But he didn’t stop there.
“They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people; they’re the frickin’ lowest of our low,” Salcido said on a student’s recording of the event. “I don’t understand why we let the military guys come over here and recruit you at school. We don’t let pimps come in the school.”
Salcido launched his rant when he spotted one student wearing a t-shirt with the Marine Corps Logo. The video eventually made its way to Chief of Staff John Kelly—a retired marine who lost his son in action in Sangin, Afghanistan.
“Well, I think the guy ought to go to hell,” Kelly echoed to Fox News Radio, holding nothing back and offering no sympathy for the horrid behaviors of Salcido. “I just hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyles that we fought for.”
What is interesting to note is that the California school board didn’t decide to fire him until two months later, only after his words had drawn the attention of talking heads across the country.
Salcido argues he was simply encouraging his students not to “settle” for military service, but to go to liberal colleges for an education instead. “I wanted to challenge them to reach their academic potential,” he defends.