Half of an 8th grade class shunned this photo with Paul Ryan

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United States House of Representatives Speaker, Republican Paul Ryan, posted a picture on Instagram on Friday.

It portrayed him with a group of eighth grade (the US equivalent of UK year nine) students from New Jersey while they were on a school trip.

What it doesn't show, is the other half on the class that refused to take a picture with the controversial politician - who in recent months has been criticised for refusing to challenge Donald Trump.

The students from South Orange Middle School, were on a trip to Washington D.C.

Matthew Malespina, a student at the school decided he couldn't go through with it.

Speaking toABC news he said:

It's not just a picture.

It's being associated with a person who puts his party before his country.

He texted his Mother the night before saying he didn't want to do it.

Elissa Malespina, Matthew's mother, said:

The point was, 'I don't want to be associated with him, and his policies and what he stands for'.

However, some parents and students disagreed.

Miles Handelmn, took a picture with the leader.

He told ABC news:

I thought it would be very cool just seeing the man who is the third most powerful man in our country.

It would be cool, even if you disagree with him.

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