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Teacher recorded calling military 'lowest of our low'

A student says he captured the comments on video during teacher Gregory Salcido's class.

Gregory Salcido, a history teacher and city council member in Pico Rivera, said in a video that US servicemembers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are not "high-level thinkers", CBS Los Angeles reports.

On Monday, Victor Quinonez told KTLA he recorded the videos because he was exhausted of hearing disparaging remarks about the military from the teacher. "I don't understand why students have to go bringing my brother into this and bringing my other family members in to this".

Mayor Gustavo Camacho says he believes the comments impact Salcido's ability to serve as a city council member.

"It's not ... about freedom of speech".

"They are not high-level bankers, they are not academic people, they are not intellectual people", the voice in the video says.

Victor told KTLA Monday he recorded the videos because he was exhausted of hearing disparaging remarks about the military from the teacher. "To bully my son is wrong, to discriminate against people who want to be in the military is wrong", said Vincent Quinonez.

"The Salcido 3 just got out of an excellent musical, 'The Band's Arrival.' I turned my phone back on to unexpectedly see a storm".

Karen Rodriguez, Quiñonez's mother, told CNN that her son was wearing a Marine Corps sweatshirt that day. "The teacher's name is Mr. Salcido". We couldn't beat the Vietnamese.

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"If you join the military, it's because you have no other options", Salcido said.

In 2010, he was placed on administrative leave after a parent complained about his classroom conduct and two years later, he was again placed on leave after the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department received a complaint that he struck a student. So far, the post has been shared more than 90,000 times and has provoked around 23,000 comments.

On Friday, Salcido posted a statement on his personal Facebook page from NY.

Officials from a Southern California city are roundly condemning disparaging comments made about members of the USA military by a local teacher.

The school district has launched an investigation into Salcido's comments and says it will take appropriate action.

El Rancho Unified School District board President Aurora R. Villon told the Times that Salcido's comments did not reflect the city's values. The school is called El Rancho high school in the city of Pico Rivera, California.

"It's so traditional and so rooted in strong family values", Villon said.

Salcido was at the center of another controversy in 2012 after he acknowledged he smacked a student on the back of his head for allegedly being disruptive in class. The next school board meeting is February 6.



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