A teacher in California has reportedly been caught on video (below) bad-mouthing the intelligence of the people who serve in the U.S. military.
After having been posted on Facebook, the videos went viral after they were shared by a woman who claims to be an anonymous student's mother's friend from Connecticut.
In a video secretly recorded by a student at El Rancho High in Pico Rivera, California, history teacher Gregory Salcido, 49, can clearly be seen making what could be called unflattering comments about the people who serve in the U.S. military. At one point in the video, he calls them "lowest of the low."
Although Salcido’s face is not clearly visible, because this video was shot from under the desk, on Jan. 19, as confirmed by El Rancho High officials, it is clearly the history teacher who is speaking in the video. The video was shot in a classroom at the high school, according to The Orange County Register.
"My friends son was sporting his marine sweater while this liberal douche teacher rants about the military," one commenter said under the Facebook video, asking others on the social media site to "help me make this go viral."
Salcido also says in the video, "Think about the people who you know are over there. Your freakin' stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. They're dumb s***ts. They're not like high-level thinkers. They're not academic people. They're not intellectual people."
Salcido continues to bash service members by saying that they are, "the freakin’ lowest of the low. Not morally -- I'm not saying they make bad moral decisions -- they're not talented people."
Some students can be heard laughing in the background of the video.
In the video, Salcido says he completely disagrees with the claims that the U.S. military is the best in the world.
The 17-year-old student who shot the video wants to remain anonymous to avoid repercussions. He told The Orange Count Register he did not shoot the video so it would go viral. He says he showed the video to his mother, who then shared it with her friends.
The student also felt that Salcido’s comments were "so disrespectful" because his brother and uncles were Marines who fought in Afghanistan, Vietnam and Desert Storm.
"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 an individuals," wrote Salcido on his personal Facebook page.
This is reportedly not the first time the teacher has had a problem with students.
He was formerly placed on a paid administrative leave after police received a complaint about him having hit a child in 2012. He was also accused of having threatened his own daughter in 2010 and having made comments about race in summer school class.
In addition to being a teacher, Salcido is also an elected Pico Rivera council member.
Although Salcido has denied all these claims, he was suspended from teaching until the fall semester.
Warning: This video contains strong language.