One hundred eighth grade students refused to be photographed with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan during a field trip to the nation’s capital because they “didn’t want to be associated with a person who puts his party before his country,” as one student put it.
According to reporting, roughly half of the 200 students who traveled from South Orange Middle School in New Jersey protested the photo-op on Thursday, watching instead from a parking lot across the street.
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“It’s not just a picture,” eighth grade student Matthew Malespina told the local ABC News affiliate. “It’s being associated with a person who puts his party before his country.”
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