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Gregory Salcido, a teacher at El Rancho High School in California, is facing serious backlash after his negative comments about the U.S. military to his students were caught on video.
In the video, Salcido allegedly tells students that people in the military are “lowest of the low”:
Help me make this go viral. My friends son was sporting his marine sweater while this liberal douche teacher rants about the military. The school is called El rancho high school in the city of pico rivera california. The teacher's name is MR. Salcido. pic.twitter.com/HMSmfSLDpK
— kimberlie (@kimberlieflauto) January 27, 2018
However, many veterans and military family members have responded to his comments. Gold Star mother Karen Vaughn spoke out against the comments and commended the bravery of those who serve in the military.
“Many in this nation want to reap the benefits of being part of a free society,” said Vaughn on “Fox & Friends.” “But few understand those benefits have a cost.”
Vaughn also tweeted to Salcido directly, requesting him to meet her at her son's grave in order to start a dialogue about what it means to be a veteran:
.@gregorysalcido I'm respectfully requesting a meeting with you @ArlingtonNatl Section 60, Grave 9927. I will pay all of your expenses. You and I should begin a conversation for the sake of all that's good. This is my son Aaron. KIA 6 AUG 2011. If not us, who? If not now, when? pic.twitter.com/xYWBrKxK2G
— Karen Vaughn (@KarenVaughn_GSM) January 28, 2018
Numerous veterans and their family members have also posted concerning Salcido's comments, such as Jonathan Hooper:
@gregorysalcido hey Greg my son is an F18 pilot. He has a degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Chinese from The US Naval Academy. He is smarter than you, braver than you and way more of anAmerican than you are. #idiot
— Jonathan Hooper (@JHoop181) January 28, 2018
Another user, Linda Hill, was married to a Vietnam veteran who graduated from Yale:
I’d like you to know that my late husband was a Yale graduate English major, he served in Special Forces, volunteered for Vietnam. Served proudly. Was reviled & spit upon by people like you. He was an award winning journalist until his death in 1984. Not “the lowest of low”.
— Linda Ates Hill (@linda_ates) January 28, 2018
Salcido is currently on paid leave while school administrators investigate.
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