After a video emerged showing a high school teacher, who is also a city councilman, referring to members of the military as the “lowest of the low” and “a bunch of dumb s***s,” the Pentagon issued a response on Monday to address the rising controversy. Footage of the original incident was captured by a student and posted on social media.
Amber Smith, the director of outreach for the Pentagon, said she found the comments, which were made by Gregory Salcido, a teacher at El Rancho high school and member of the Pico Rivera, California city council, “uninformed,” according to a report by the Washington Examiner.
“I have seen maybe a few things that he said that were very uninformed,” said Smith, “and I think that’s an excellent example of who we would like to connect with and inform them with an accurate image of those who are serving and why they serve.”
The president of the school board under which Salcido teaches has confirmed that a full-blown investigation is underway in regards to the comments that were made.
In the footage, Salcido warns students not to join the military, claiming that the poor quality of its troops is preventing the country from winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“We all have night-vision goggles, all that kind of stuff, and we can’t greakin’ control these dudes wearing freakin’ robs and chanclas [flip-flops] because we have a bunch of dumb sh*ts over there,” said Salcido in the video. “Think about the people you know who are over there, your freakin’ stupid uncle Louie, or whatever; they’re dumb sh*its. They’re not like high-level thinkers; they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people. They’re the freakin’ lowest of the low.”
Salcido went on to say, “I don’t understand why we let the freakin’ military guys come over here and recruit you at school. We don’t have pimps come into school. Anyone interested in being a ho? And they’re going to freakin’ lie to you.”
He even directly addressed a student wearing a Marine Corps shirt, stating, “Why are you wearing that Marines shirt? I thought you were going to college.”
The student replied, “I am, I just had the shirt,” but Salcido says that the student shouldn’t wear it.
“Why would you wear something that you can’t freakin’ support?” asked Salcido. “Don’t ever wear that again, don’t ever wear it here.”
Smith discussed a new Pentagon initiative with reporters that is designed to educate the public about the US military called “This is Your Military.” She stated that the program’s goals are to introduce the community to those who choose to serve in the military and serve as a platform for correcting misconceptions.
“We are going to be telling military stories to a non-military audience,” said Smith. “We need to get some facts out there and make sure people are getting accurate information.”