A class trip to Capitol Hill just turned sour for Paul Ryan.

Over 100 students refused to take a photo with him and ignored the Speaker of the House while on a field trip to Washington, D.C.

While some of the students were indifferent due to their lack of knowledge regarding politics, others were openly against posing with Ryan as a type of protest against his policies.

Breitbart News reported:

The approximately 200 students from South Orange Middle School had the option to take a photo with the speaker on their class trip, but half the class sat out of the photo, citing disagreements with Ryan’s politics, WLS reported.

“I don’t want to be associated with a man who puts his party before his country,” Matthew Malespina, 13, told the Washington Post. “I don’t like to take a picture with somebody that I can’t associate with.

Malespina joined approximately 100 of his fellow students in the parking lot across the street from the U.S. Capitol while the rest of his class joined Ryan for the photo.

On the other hand, some students participated in taking a photo only to say they had taken a picture with an arguably powerful political leader.

Breitbart News reported:

“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,” Handelman said.

Parents of the students were very divided with their political alliances as well. Some argued that if the school leaned to the political right and had issues posing with President Obama, it would be an outrage for liberal parents.

Another parent claimed she was “proud” of her child for sitting out of the picture.

Breitbart News reported:

Parents of the children on that trip were just as divided about their kids’ decisions to sit out or join in the photo.

“Meeting our representatives is an honor for a kid… I do feel if there had been some conservative school where the kids refused to pose with President Obama, we would have been appalled by that,” one parent told the Village Green.

Malespina’s mother, on the other hand, said she was “proud” of her son’s decision to sit out of the picture.

My son does not believe in the policies that Speaker Ryan believes and does not want to be associated in any way with him or his policies. It is his right as a citizen to do so and I commend him and his fellow students for doing so in a respectful way,” she said.

While liberal protesting is incredibly common in the current political climate, it is unbelievable that even eighth graders are trying to make a stand against political leaders.

Paul Ryan remains disliked by many on both sides of the political spectrum, as he continues to promote policies that are against the best interests of his political party.

Do you think the children should have had a choice in whether to take a photo with Ryan?

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