PICO RIVERA (CBSLA) — A local teacher and council member is accused of insulting members of the U.S. military.

As KCAL9/CBS2’s Cristy Fajardo reports, a video of his controversial comments has gone viral.

“I was very angry,” said the El Rancho High School student who shot the video.

He said he started rolling when his history teacher and Pico Rivera Council Member Gregory Salcido started lecturing a student wearing a Marine Corps sweatshirt.

The voice on the recording rails against military recruiters on campus and suggests people join the Armed Forces because they have no other skills.

Salcido could not be reached for comment, but on a Facebook post stamped New York he wrote: “I don’t think it’s wise for me to make any specific comments, but I want my friends, family and students to know we are fine and we respect the rights of free expression for all individuals.”

Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo Camacho sent KCAL9/CBS2 a statement, reading in part: “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.”

The El Rancho Unified School District said they are conducting an investigation.

Comments (32)
  1. F this guy. He has no idea the kind of can of worms he’s just opened up.

  2. Fred Rinaldi says:

    disgusting he s/b fired from BOTH jobs

  3. Average cost for a soldier including benefits, healthcare, food allowance, salary and tax benefits is around $100k/yr. This doesn’t include career training or college reimbursement. So if a soldier got out after 4 years of service, they would have healthcare and reimbursement for higher education where they could get a degree and become many other things, even a teacher or banker.
    Average debt a teacher has when leaving college is around $85K and the average teachers starting salary is $36k/yr. Sounds to me like this guy is like your stupid uncle Louie.

  4. The city where is on the council are all Mexicans I guess . Look at their last names. Send them all back to Mexico.

  5. Giving credence to the old canard, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”

  6. Karen Hill says:

    As a 25 year (and going strong!) military member, I’d love to show him my troops. We are a fantastic example of a micro-culture. In some ways, he’s right. The military gives lower- and middle- income adults a chance at a different life. We didn’t have the luxurious chances of the elite yet the military gives us a chance to shine and live up to our greatest strengths, creating citizens with a respect for our nation and way of life.. For the liberal platform, we are an amazing example in many ways of their utopia: We have equal pay for genders, now-growing equal opportunities for all genders, free education and higher-education and internship opportunities with some of the greatest industries, political arms, and scholastic institutions in our country. We provide free global travel with many chances of true immersion, culture exchanges, language and religious training. We offer pay incentives and bonuses and learn the gravity of sacrifice, of separation from loved ones, of growth, of life and death and how life is about balance. We are a team. Yes, a few might be the lowest-of-the-low. Some are near-criminals. Some are true-geniuses. As a team, each member brings a strength, skill, talent, emotion, and logic where no, we’re not all created equal but as a collective, we are strong. That’s something a college chair can’t teach anyone; it’s our proud way and I’m so grateful to all my troops for all they give, all they do, and for who they are.

    1. I agree! I saw people from all walks of life. Poor, working class, middle class and upper middle class. Some of the people were so smart it blew my socks off. Others could barely put their boots on in the morning. But I’ve seen the same exact types in my civilian jobs. I interacted with people I probably never would have had I not gone into the military. Everyone had their own reasons for joining(although I joined post 9-11 and that was a strong factor for many of us). Some was better opportunity than where they were from. Most saw 9-11 and felt it their duty to join. Some joined for college money.

  7. Jack Pettit says:

    We forget that the most highly educated members of our NASA programs were military. They were astronauts, engineers, pilots, medical staff, researchers, etc., that made travel to the Moon possible 50 years ago. The military offers opportunities in all fields that we have in the private sector. The only difference is that people in the military have access to the most advanced equipment, research, IT systems, etc., in America. The Professor’s comments reflect hate, contempt, and envy for those who represent Duty, Honor, Country and strive to become the best minds America can produce. He is the best example of ‘ignorance’ in academia. If you want a profession that will provide adventure, endless educational opportunities, access to the most advanced systems on Earth, and a way to pay back those that sacrificed to defeat Fascism, Communism, genocidal Dictatorships, join the military.

  8. This is how the left destroys our country. Now we have to rebuild the very fundamentals of American society: respect for individual freedom, respect for the country and its army. We switch to respecting deviations: transgenders and illegals.

  9. This “teacher” is not a “liberal” he’s a idiot.

    Schools have every right to hire liberals and conservative and libertarians and radicals.

    Schools don’t have the right to hire idiots, any more than a hospital has right to hire doctors who don’t understand chemistry.

  10. Bud Mills says:

    Plus he once hit a kid for sleeping, sounds to me like its time to fire his worthless hide.

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