California teacher who bashed military during classroom rant gets fired

School Board Fires Pico Rivera Teacher Whose Anti-Military Rant Was Caught on Video

The El Rancho Unified School District voted unanimously at Tuesday's school board meeting to terminate Salcido, reported the Whittier Daily News.

Board of Education President Aurora Villon welcomed the firing.

The student who secretly recorded Salcido - later identified by KTLA-TV as Victor Quinonez - told Fox News opinion writer Todd Starnes in January that his teacher had "a history of being anti-military". In one video, the teacher calls military members the "lowest of our low".

Salcido, 49, was placed on administrative leave in 2012 after a parent said he smacked her 15-year-old son on the back in class. Salcido told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune he did so not with intent to harm the boy but to wake him up.

Albitre went a step further, saying he would try to figure out how to get Salcido stripped of his teaching credentials, the Tribune reported.

"Think about the people who you know who are over there".

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




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.

Pico Rivera City Council meetings, where Salcido was a council member, saw their attendance skyrocket, as protesters descended on the town to demand his resignation. 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". "I just hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyle that we have fought for".

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

Salcido's attempted clarification did not pass muster with at least one fellow council member. Following the disparaging comment, he was sacked as the city councilman.

The video prompted widespread response, including from White House chief of staff John Kelly, who said, "I think the guy ought to go to hell". "The City of Pico Rivera was founded upon the principles, values and sacrifices of many of our veterans who when called upon by our nation served with great pride and honor".

In January, Salcido was recorded ranting about the USA military to his students.

According to his councilmember profile on the City of Pico Rivera's website, Salcido was first elected to city council in 1999 and served as Mayor in 2002, 2010 and 2015. "They're not talented people". "It's because you didn't take care of business academically because your parents didn't love you enough to push you".

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