About 100 eighth grade students on a class trip to Washington D.C. refused to pose with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Friday as a protest to his policies.
Though Ryan’s official Instagram features a photo of him waving to a group of students from South Orange Middle School in South Orange, New Jersey, it does not show their peers sitting in a park lot across the street, in an apparent rebuff of the GOP leader, reported Elizabeth Preza of Raw Story.
“It’s not just a picture,” student Matthew Malespina told ABC News. “It’s being associated with a person who puts his party before his country.”
When he learned of his school’s impending photo op with Ryan, Malespina texted his mother he’s “just not going to do it.”
“The point was, ‘I don’t want to be associated with him, and his policies and what he stands for,’” Matthew’s mother Elissa Malespina said.
About 100 students did participate in the photo opportunity, seeing it as an amazing opportunity, even if they do not agree with his selfishness and anti-american ways.
“I thought it would be very cool just seeing the man who is the third most powerful man in our country. It would be cool, even if you disagree with him,” student Miles Handelman said.
Some parents disagreed with the student’s protest, suggesting people should not protest powerful people.
Preza reported that parents took to Facebook to complain these kids should “respect the office of the Speaker of the House, even if they disagree.”
While other parents commended the kids for standing up for their beliefs.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)