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Political Correctness Strikes Again: High School Teacher Fired for Offensive Comments About Troops

"The classroom should never be a place where students feel that they are picked at, bullied, intimidated."


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A California high school teacher was fired for calling American military troops "freaking stupid" and "the lowest of our low."

The teacher, Gregory Salcido, is also a city council member. At the time he made his controversial remarks, he was talking with his history class at El Rancho High School about why the wars in the Middle East had dragged on. According to a student's audio recording, Salcido said: "We have a bunch of dumb shits over there. Think about the people who you know who are over there. Your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. They're dumb asses. They're not like high-level thinkers, they're not academic people, they're not intellectual people. They're the lowest of our low."

The comments quickly went viral, drawing strong rebukes from veterans—including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired general, who said, "I think the guy ought to go to hell."

Salcido's comments were publicized in January. He was placed on leave pending an investigation. This week, he was fired. El Rancho Board of Education President Aurora Villon said, "the classroom should never be a place where students feel that they are picked at, bullied, intimidated."

But as far as I can tell, Salcido wasn't bullying any specific member of his classroom. Is he not allowed to criticize the military, and the endless wars our servicemen are forced to fight? Can we not have such a discussion in a high school history classroom without everyone losing thier minds?

Any conservative who makes fun of liberal students demanding safe spaces, but then turns around and says people who question the troops should lose their jobs, is being awfully hypocritical. This controversy is the Mirror Universe twin of the Amy Wax kerfuffle, in which conservatives defended an educator who was accused of saying racially insensitive things, and liberals called for her head. Political correctness afflicts both sides of the political spectrum.