It's a tradition for many schools across the country to send their eighth grade students to Washington D.C. for a U.S. history-packed field trip, and South Orange Middle School in New Jersey did just that last week. It was during a visit to the Capitol when almost half of the 218 South Orange students on the trip refused to take a picture with House Speaker Paul Ryan, opting instead to sit in a parking lot while their willing peers posed for the photo-op. Several students spoke to The Village Green about why they decided to sit out this unique opportunity, many citing differences in political opinions.
"I think that taking the picture represents that you agree with the same political views and I don't agree with his political views so I chose not to be in it," said Wendy Weeks, an 8th grade SOMS student.
"I can't take a picture with someone who supports a budget that would destroy public education and would leave 23 million people without healthcare," said 8th grade SOMS student Matthew Malespina.
"I didn't want to be in because he believes in most of what Trump believes in," said another SOMS 8th grader, Louisa Maynard-Parisi.
While it seems some individuals are proud of these kids for choosing to exercise their constitutional rights, John Gibson thinks this is nothing more than disrespect. Tune into The John Gibson Show at 2pm ET and call in at 888-788-9910 to let Gibby know what you think.