Kelly: Teacher Who Slammed Military 'Ought to Go to Hell'

California teacher called military 'lowest of our low'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2018 1:19 AM CST
Kelly: Teacher Who Slammed Military 'Ought to Go to Hell'
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is seen during an appearance on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

A California teacher caught on video calling the military "the lowest of our low" was slammed by the usually reserved White House chief of staff Wednesday. John Kelly told Fox News Radio that El Rancho High School history teacher Gregory Salcido "ought to go to hell," Politico reports. "I just hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyle that we have fought for," added the retired Marine Corps general. In a recording made by a student, Salcido told students they shouldn't join the military. "Think about the people who you know who are over there. Your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever," he said. "They're dumbshits. They're not like high-level thinkers, they're not academic people, they're not intellectual people."

Salcido added: "I don't understand why we let the military guys come over here and recruit you at school. We don't let pimps come in the school." CNN reports that the video was shot by 17-year-old Victor Quinonez, son of a Marine Corps Afghanistan veteran, who was targeted by Salcido for wearing a Marine Corps sweatshirt to school. Victor's mother says Salcido made the remarks after asking her son why he was planning to join the military after graduation. Salcido, who also serves as a Pico Rivera city councilman, has been placed on administrative leave by the school district, the Washington Post reports. Numerous protesters calling for Salcido's firing are expected at a board meeting next week. (More John Kelly stories.)

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