This is what “civil discourse” and “political engagement” passes for this day. The teachers and parents of these children are so proud. Course they are just following in the footsteps of demorat leaders. Stay classy kids!
From Daily Mail: A free-thinking group of eighth grades refused to pose with House Speaker Paul Ryan during a field trip to Washington DC on Thursday.
Half of the students from South Orange Middle School in New Jersey stood on the other side of the street as their classmates had their photo taken with Ryan outside the United States Capitol.
When he uploaded the image to Instagram, the ones who had refused to be in it flooded the comments section with insults and complaints. ‘Half of us stood across the street including me because we hate you,’ said one.
Another spoke to DailyMail.com to explain his decision to not take part. ‘The fact that he puts his party before his country, he likes to think of what his party will think of him other than what his country will think of him,’ Matthew Malespina, 13 said. Ryan’s Republican stance on healthcare, education and LGBT rights were among the things Matthew disagreed with.
The school has not commented on their protest but Matthew’s mother said it gave all students the option to take part or not. ‘The school allowed the children to make a choice, they were very good about that. It was all quite peaceful,’ she said.
The children were taking part in a field trip to DC when they were told on Wednesday that they would be meeting Ryan.
Matthew texted his mother immediately to tell her that he was concerned and she urged him to let the teachers know he was uncomfortable with it.
When Ryan emerged from the Capitol on Thursday, some students who had agreed to take part were gathered on the steps to have their photograph taken. The others were stood across the street and Ryan was unaware that they had refused.
On Friday, he uploaded the photograph with the willing students to Instagram, writing alongside it: ‘Got that #FridayFeeling’.
The students pounced, pointing out in the comments section that half did not want to be associated with him and accusing him of merely using them as a photo-opp.
‘I find this really funny because this is my school and more than half of us chose to step out of that picture. And to add, the school is from a very liberal town, so I’m very proud to say that I was amongst the students who stood ACROSS the street.
‘Plus most of the kids who were standing there were only there to make fun of him because he’s a walking talking meme, ‘said one.
They were met with comments from Republican supporters who accused them of being disrespectful to the office of the Speaker of the House.
Matthew’s mother Elissa supported his decision, telling DailyMail.com she was proud of him and the rest of the children for standing up for what they believe in. ‘We’ve always talked about politics so we’ve always been a family that has been politically active. We didn’t indoctrinate him, he has had a mind of his own ever since he was a small child and he’s gathered up his own views. We are lucky to live in a community with a large number of active and engaged young people.’
Read the rest of the story here.
FYI: From the South Orange Middle School web site (not sure of the exact date):
“South Orange Middle School celebrated its second schoolwide “Winter Blast of Kindness” Day last week — and the entire school felt like one big celebration. The event was filled with scores of activities for students and staff that emphasized the importance of being kind to one another, family members and teachers.
Launched last year by health teacher Allison Cahill and social worker Allison Steiner (who were joined this year by PE teacher Jackie Gronek) the idea stemmed from a desire to respond to the issue of bullying by creating a climate of kindness throughout the school.”
At least these children have mastered the proggies’ technique of being a hypocrite.