A high school teacher deserves to be fired for his classroom rant that denigrated members of the U.S. armed forces, says a U.S. Army veteran.
In video recordings made by a student, El Rancho High teacher Gregory Salcido ridicules the military as the "lowest of the low" who are in uniform only because they're not "high-level thinkers."
A student wearing a U.S. Marine Corps shirt triggered Salcido's rant, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The video recordings were posted to social media, creating a publish backlash against Salcido and triggering an investigation by the school board.
"We serve because we love our country," says Bob Magginis, a West Point graduate and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, who is now senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council.
"And part of that love," he adds, "has to do with the right for jerks like this to make statements like he does."
The Times story about Salcido notes that he is still teaching students even after he was placed on leave for hitting a student in 2012 and suspended in 2010 for threatening a student.
Salcido is also a city council member in Pico Rivera, where fellow council member Bob Achuleta told the Times that he was "appalled" at the comments.
Achuleta is a former paratrooper whose two sons are West Point graduates.
Salcido has the right to his opinion, says Maginnis, but taxpayers don't have to pay for him to preach an "incendiary message" to impressionable young people in a public school classroom.