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California school district fires teacher who ripped military

California school district fires teacher who ripped military
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A California high school teacher has reportedly been fired after he was heard in a video making disparaging remarks about the military in his classroom.

The El Rancho Unified School District voted unanimously to dismiss the history teacher, Gregory Salcido, on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Salcido has 30 days to appeal the decision, it added.

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"The classroom should never be a place where students feel that they are picked at, bullied, intimidated," Aurora Villon, president of the district's Board of Education, told the newspaper.

"His comments do not reflect what we stand for, who we are," Villon said.

Salcido is heard saying military members are “not intellectual people” and “the lowest of out low.”

According to the Facebook post that featured the video, his comments were in reaction to a student wearing a Marines shirt.

Villon said thousands of people emailed the school board that they were offended by Salcido’s remarks, including veterans and the families of veterans from all over the world, the L.A. Times reported

Salcido said he has received death threats and threats of rape against his wife since the video became public.

The teacher has apologized for his remarks but reiterated that he thinks students with lower academic standing are the ones who decide to serve in the military.

"I do believe the military is not the best option for my students," he said. "That does not mean I'm anti-military, because I'm not."