By now we’re sure you’ve all heard about the teacher in California that went on an anti-military rant. We’ve held off on saying anything about this because, well honestly it hits pretty close to home as most of the people here are former military. We decided to gather our thoughts before commenting on Gregory Salcido’s diatribe. We have a couple of key points that we feel are of immense importance regarding Mr. Salcido’s comments.

Point number one. Who are you to talk to a child like that? Yes, it’s high school and the entire classroom was filled with young adults, but they’re not adults yet. What kind of person verbally attacks a student? What made you so angry, that you felt it necessary to attack a child who was wearing something to support his family? The lesson everyone in that classroom learned is that a high school teacher and city councilman, can with his authority, bully those he disagrees with. Luckily for the community and the child, they were quick to respond and there will most certainly be consequences for this rant.

Point number two. Knowing all the veterans and active duty members that we know, they’re not worried about Gregory Salcido. They’ve got bigger fish to fry. The tirade that took place was so unhinged that we almost thought it was coming from The Onion. Had it not been for the attack on a child many veterans would have passed this man off as a looney who needed no attention paid to him. But he bullied a child, and despite how “unintelligent” veterans are according to Mr. Salcido, they all know better than to act like Gregory Salcido did.

Mr. Salcido, you’re an adult and you’re expected to maintain a demeanor respective of your position in society. For shame. Free speech is one of the most sacred rights we have in this country, but not when it’s used to bully a child.

Originally published at American Grit. Read more from American Grit here: