Teacher recorded telling students that joining military is for the dumbest, “lowest of the low”


(Warning: video contains graphic language)

A 17-year-old high school senior was shocked by his history teacher’s long digression that degraded the U.S. military and its past and present service members.

The student’s father and two uncles are Marine veterans who fought in Afghanistan, Desert Storm and Vietnam but he said he wished to remain anonymous.  He said he did not intend for his recording of his teacher’s rant to go public, but after his mother shared it with a friend who posted it Facebook, it quickly went viral.

“It wasn’t meant for anyone else, but my mom shared it with a few friends and now it’s this,” he said in a phone interview Saturday.

The recording occurred on Jan. 19 during a U.S. history class taught by Gregory Salcido at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California. Since the incident, El Rancho Unified School District officials have confirmed the voice heard in the recording is Salcido, who is also a City Councilman.

“We acknowledge it is his voice based on the research of the incident so far and knowing it came from one of our classrooms,” district Superintendent Karling Aguilera-Fort told the Orange County Register.

“We cannot expose the disciplinary measures because it is a personnel matter, but there will be disciplinary measures taken,” Aguilera-Fort said.  He did confirm that he and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Mark Matthews are conducting an investigation.

Salcido was first elected to the City Council in 1999 and is known for refusing to cite the pledge of allegiance and not placing his hand over his heart during its recital.  His record of negative incidents at El Rancho High School poses the question of why he is still employed as a teacher at the school.

In July of 2010, he was suspended for the rest of the school year after he was accused of threatening a female student, making inappropriate comments about race as well as insulting other students and parents.

In 2012, the Sheriff’s Department received a complaint he struck a student and he was put on paid administrative leave.

On Saturday, the Pico Rivera Mayor, Gustavo Camacho, issued a press release stating in part, “The city council and residents of Pico Rivera are steadfast in the recognition that their (military members’) contributions are respected and that we are grateful for their service.”

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