Teacher recorded calling military 'lowest of our low' in classroom rant

Salcido made the comments in the middle of a history class he was teaching at El Rancho High in Pico Rivera California where he is also an elected councilman

A high school history teacher and city council member in California is facing investigation after a student recorded an anti-military rant that went viral.

Audio first emerged over the weekend of history teacher and Pico Rivera Council Member Gregory Salcido telling students USA servicemembers serving overseas are "not like high-level thinkers, they're not academic people, they're not intellectual people".

"We the elected governing body of the City of Pico Rivera unequivocally disagree and condemn the recent comments made by Councilmember Salcido regarding those individuals who have served or are now serving in our nation's military", the statement read.

In 2010, Salcido was reportedly accused by a parent of making inappropriate racial comments during a summer school class, the Register reported.

Standing alongside his 17-year-old son Monday, Quinonez' father Vincent expressed ire about the classroom comments made by Salcido, who is also a Pico Rivera city councilman.

Quinonez' mother, Karen Rodriguez, told KTLA she was keeping her son home from school Monday because he has received threats since the video was posted. He did confirm that Salcido would face disciplinary action upon his return, military.com reported.

Then he made the comments, and Victor started surreptitiously taping it when he got back to his desk, Rodriguez said.

At the time, Quinonez, who is a senior, was wearing a Marine Corps sweatshirt, which prompted the teacher to say, "You better not go". "They're the freakin' lowest of our low".

He is also seen asking why military recruiters are allowed to visit the school.

"We couldn't beat the Vietnamese, they are a bunch of people this big throwing rice at us, and we couldn't beat them". "We don't let pimps come in the school", the voice adds in the 6-minute video recording. And Quiñonez plans to follow in his footsteps.

Quiñonez showed the video to her.

Some students have been critical of the teacher, including junior Alfred Argulo.

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

In the footage, Salcido can be heard saying that members of the military fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are "the lowest of the low".

Salcido also happens to be a city council member in this small So Cal community, and now city leaders may take action. "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 Quinonezes were expected to meet with school officials Monday in hope of ensuring the safety of Victor and his siblings. Salcido was elected to the Pico Rivera City Council in 1999.

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