Dozens of New Jersey Middle School Students Refused to Pose for a Picture With Paul Ryan on Their Class Trip

Some very sensible 8th grade students from New Jersey would not
deign to be seen in a photograph with Republican House Speaker
Paul Ryan during their field trip to Washington. About half of
the 150 South Orange Middle School students on the trip watched
from a parking lot as the rest of their cohort sidled up to
Ryan for a picture they probably untagged themselves from hours
later.

Matthew Malespina, one of the students who refused to pose,
told the Washington
Post
on Sunday, “I don’t want to be associated with a man
who puts his party before his country. I don’t like to take a
picture with somebody that I can’t associate with. Let’s say
somebody is not nice to met at school, for example. I wouldn’t
take a picture with them, probably.”

Malespina told ABC he was notified of
the impending photo op the night before, so he texted his mom
telling her he wasn’t going to do it, to which she texted back,
“Say you would rather not.”

Some parents, apparently not as cool as Matthew’s mom, took
issue with the protest. According to ABC, one parent posted on
social media that students should respect Ryan because he has a
fancy job, no matter how much you may want health insurance
someday.

Ryan posted a picture from the school trip on Friday, giving
himself the false appearance of being popular and having
feelings.

Students told ABC that Ryan did not seem to notice the
dissident middle schoolers standing in solidarity against him
and all the parents of this country who just don’t get it.

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