Victor Quinonez is the name of the student who took action at El Rancho High School in California after teacher Gregory Salcido made anti-military rant. As a result of his bravery, he’s now been invited to visit the White House and Pentagon.
The student wore a Marines sweatshirt to school, which prompted the teacher to call service members as “lowest of our low” and “dumb shits” and compare military recruiters to pimps.
Victor Quinonez’s father served in the Marine Corps, and he hopes to follow his footsteps. His recording caused others to come forward about their experiences with Salcido, as it gained the attention of White House chief of staff John Kelly, writes IJR.
Karen Rodriguez, Victor’s mother recently announced that Kelly himself invited Quinonez and his family to visit the White House and Pentagon.
“Victor and his family have also received death threats from Mr. Salcido’s supporters,” the post on the fundraising site said. “The fallout from Victor’s disclosures affirms his conviction that speaking up was the right thing to do.”
The donations from the fundraiser campaign will help finance Victor’s family trip to Washington DC.
“Victor and our entire family thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” she wrote. “Your support has been overwhelming and simply amazing!! God Bless America!”
Victor’s mother set an initial fundraising goal at $5,000, but in only 10 days, the family raised more than $10,000.
A couple of days ago, John Kelly responded to Salcido’s comments by saying “he should go to hell.”