California teacher defends anti-military comments

Pico Rivera, Calif. City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido, left, is interviewed following a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council passed a resolution asking for the resignation of Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Pico Rivera, Calif., City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido addresses the public during a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council passed a resolution Tuesday asking for the resignation of Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Pico Rivera City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido arrives for a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. City Council members in the Los Angeles suburb of Pico Rivera condemned remarks by Salcido who was captured on video calling members of the U.S. military "the lowest of the low." The mayor and three of four councilmembers voted Tuesday to ask Councilman Salcido to resign. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Pico Rivera City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido, right, listens to public remarks during a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council was to consider a resolution asking for the resignation of Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
A row of military flags are pictured in front of Pico Rivera City Hall before a a city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council is to consider a resolution asking for the resignation of Pico Rivera city councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
U.S. Army veteran Raul Rodriguez Jr. of Apple Valley, Calif., holds up a sign as Pico Rivera City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido, top right, addresses the public during a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council passed a resolution asking for the resignation of Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Pico Rivera, Calif. City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido, left, addresses the public as Mayor Pro Tem Brent A. Tercero looks on during a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council passed a resolution asking for the resignation of Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Veterans pose in front of a row of military flags at Pico Rivera City Hall before a a city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council was to consider a resolution asking for the resignation of Pico Rivera City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
U.S. Army veteran Raul Rodriguez Jr. of Apple Valley, Calif., addresses Pico Rivera City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido during a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council was to consider a resolution asking for the resignation of Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Pico Rivera, Calif. City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido is watched over by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy as he addresses the public during a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council passed a resolution asking for the resignation of Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Pico Rivera, Calif. City Council meeting attendees hold up signs during a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council passed a resolution Tuesday asking for the resignation of city councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Jamie Park of Pico Rivera, Calif., holds up signs during a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council was to consider a resolution Tuesday asking for the resignation of Pico Rivera City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
A veteran waits among a row of military flags before the start of a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council is to consider a resolution asking for the resignation of Pico Rivera councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido, who was recorded in January making anti-military remarks to his students. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Pico Rivera City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido listens to public remarks during a city council meeting at Pico Rivera City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council was to consider a resolution asking for the resignation of Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Andre Eric Martinez of Pico Rivera, Calif. addresses Pico Rivera City Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido during a city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Pico Rivera, Calif. The city council was to consider a resolution asking for the resignation of Salcido, who was recorded making anti-military remarks to his students in January. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

PICO RIVERA, Calif. — City Council members in a Los Angeles suburb passed a resolution asking for the resignation of one of their colleagues who in his work as a school teacher called members of the U.S. military "the lowest of our low."

Councilman Gregory Salcido, who has been on leave from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, is seen on a video scolding a 17-year-old student wearing a U.S. Marine Corps sweatshirt and urging him not to join the military.

The meeting was Salcido's first public appearance since making the comments Jan. 26.

He said he was sorry to anyone his comments may have hurt, but he did not apologize for the remarks themselves.

Salcido said he was trying to get his students not to settle for the Army or Navy.

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