Teacher who called military ‘dumbs---s’ attempts to explain himself, fails miserably

We “have a bunch of dumbshits over there,” he said.

Matt Saintsing
February 14, 2018 - 3:07 pm

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Surely by now, you’ve seen the rant captured on video of a Southern California teacher telling his class that those who serve in the military are “the lowest of our low.” Tuesday night, he had the opportunity to clear the air, and show some remorse, but failed to show some basic self-awareness.

Last month, Gregory Salcido of El Rancho High School, and City Council member, in Pico Rivera, Calif. saw one of his students wearing a U.S. Marine Corps sweatshirt and he went off.

We “have a bunch of dumbshits over there,” he said.

“Think about the people who you know who are over there. Your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. They’re dumbshits. They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people. They’re the lowest of our low.”

The video quickly went viral and the school, along with Salcido, seized national headlines and even made it into the town’s wikipedia entry.

Since then, a mountain of condemnation has slid into Salcido’s life with even White House Chief of Staff and former Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, said on Fox News radio that he thought the teacher “ought to go to hell.”

Salcido, who is also a member of the Pico Rivera City Council, listened to a boisterous crowd of veterans and local citizens who, for more than an hour, blasted his comments.

“America: Love it or leave it,” said U.S. Army veteran Raul Rodriguez, 76, according to the Tribune of San Luis Obispo.

The Tribune also quoted Dennis Jackson, 67, who said “A classroom is a place of learning not propaganda.”

And then, Saldico, who sat through the meeting silently, had the opportunity to answer to his comments.

“The last two and a half weeks have been … indescribable for me and my family,” he said. “We’ve been inundated with death threats. People have told me they’re going to rape my wife, they’re going to kill me.”

Rather than trying to walk back his uninformed comments, he explained what he said. Kind of.

“My goal as it relates to my students is to get them to do everything to get through college,” he said. “It’s not just the military. I wouldn’t want them to work at a fast-food restaurant, either.”

While failing to apologize for what he said, he did he was sorry if his words had hurt anyone.  

But, his words fell flat.

The council passed a resolution censuring Saldico, and went so far as to call on him to resign, which he showed no signs of doing. A fellow council members said ominously, that his fate will be in the hands of the voters.