Move afoot to get anti-mil­i­tary city coun­cil mem­ber to re­sign

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/ State -

PICO RIVERA (AP) — A Los An­ge­les-area city coun­cil will con­sider a res­o­lu­tion Tues­day ask­ing for the res­ig­na­tion of a coun­cil­man who bashed U.S. mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers while teach­ing at a high school.

Gre­gory Sal­cido is ex­pected to make his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance at the Pico Rivera city coun­cil meet­ing since mak­ing the com­ments Jan. 26.

Sal­cido has been on leave from El Ran­cho High School in Pico Rivera af­ter video sur­faced of him scold­ing a 17-year-old stu­dent who was wear­ing a U.S. Marine Corps sweat­shirt. Sal­cido’s of­fice did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to an email seek­ing com­ment on Tues­day.

The stu­dent recorded Sal­cido in a gov­ern­ment class urg­ing him not to join the mil­i­tary and re­fer­ring to ser­vice mem­bers with a crude term for stupid.

“They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not aca­demic peo­ple, they’re not in­tel­lec­tual peo­ple; they’re the frickin’ low­est of our low,” Sal­cido said on the record­ing.

“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,” Sal­cido added.

The video was posted to so­cial me­dia by a friend of the stu­dent’s mother. It went vi­ral and has drawn mil­lions of views, along with out­raged com­ments.

The res­o­lu­tion coun­cil mem­bers will vote on states that Sal­cido’s com­ments “have placed our city un­der a cloud of dis­honor, dis­par­age­ment, sus­pi­cion and crit­i­cism,” and that “tak­ing such a dras­tic step is an ef­fort to re­store the pos­i­tive im­age of our city.”

Mayor Gus­tavo Ca­ma­cho said Pico Rivera “was founded on the prin­ci­ples and val­ues and sac­ri­fices” of mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers.


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