8th-graders refuse to take photo with Paul Ryan

Half of 8th grade class from New Jersey refuses to pose with House Speaker Paul Ryan

The other half of the class broke with their "woke" schoolmates to pose with Ryan, with many shaking his hand - as virtually any normal, well-adjusted grade school student would have done in a less acrimonious and hyper-politicized era.

"I don't like to take a picture with somebody that I can't associate with", student Matthew Malespina, 13, told The Washington Post.

Ryan later posted a photo of himself greeting the students on the steps on his Instagram page, with no sign of a snub. "So please tell the whole story".

However, there were students who jumped at the opportunity for a photo with the third most powerful politician in the USA despite their partisan differences.

"I was like, 'Oh God, I'm not taking a picture with this man.' I first texted my mom because my mom hates Paul Ryan as well", he told the New York Post on Sunday.

Alex Klint, a student who did have his picture taken with Ryan, countered: "I thought it would be interesting to see one of the nation's lawmakers in person even if I strongly disagree with many of his views". I stand behind them 100%.

"I'm proud of him, and I'm proud of the other students that chose to exercise their constitutional rights and did so in a respectful manner", she said. "It would be cool, even if you disagree with him". "[Teachers] knew that a lot of people didn't like Paul Ryan", he said. By the way, not a single reasonable observer would conclude that just because a young student stood politely beside a politician, he or she must support that public figure's policies.

A spokesman for Mr. Ryan said the speaker "always appreciates the opportunity to welcome students to the Capitol", The Post reported.

However, she also said she was concerned with some online comments that states parents were "indoctrinating" their children and have received death threats.

"Teenagers, honestly, do they listen to their parents anyway?" she added.

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