Student, adults decry politics of Alabama government class

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Posted: Jan 26, 2018 1:19 PM

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama high school student is protesting a government class where the summer reading list included books such as "Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder" by conservative author and radio host Michael Savage.

The reading list was pulled last year, but complaints about the advanced placement government class are continuing.

High school senior Julia Coccaro confronted Baldwin County school board members at a Thursday meeting, telling them taxpayers are not paying for students "to be indoctrinated," Al.com reported .

"They are paying to be educated and we are not being educated in that classroom," she said.

Others at the meeting said outdated materials and blogs are used by the teacher to back up political claims. No one at Thursday's meeting mentioned the teacher by name, the news site reported.

"We are teaching hate in our school systems," retired high school educator Sandra Page said at the meeting.

Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler said the school system will take some of the public's suggestions under consideration.

"We have to learn to cope and address these issues in a mature and meaningful way and not coming from an angle of 'everyone says you're guilty because we say you are,'" Tyler told Al.com after the meeting.

The school system, one of the state's largest, is on Alabama's Gulf coast.