STOCKTON (CBS/AP) – While congressional leaders have been summoned to the White House on the second day of a partial government shutdown, a group of Stockton students on a trip to see the nation’s monuments has been left locked outside.
About 20 students from Stockton’s Benjamin Holt Preparatory Academy are learning quite the political lesson this week as they are left peering through the windows of closed buildings, according to the Stockton Record.
Eighth-grader Andrew Nunes told the Record he is “bummed out” after having spent some months saving $2,000 for the five-day trip, which included stops in New York and Philadelphia.
The news of the trip didn’t sit well with Andrew’s mother. Stacey Nunes wrote in an email to the Record, “(Andrew) raised every single penny … and I am outraged that our government can take this opportunity away from my son and all the other students.”
The students are just one example of vacations ruined after much of the government’s operations were put on hold early Tuesday in a dispute over Republicans’ efforts to block or postpone Obama’s health care law.
For a detailed list of government operations that will and won’t continue throughout the shutdown, see CBS13′s “Federal Shutdown: What’s Closed And What’s Open?“
The students are expected to return Friday.
Benjamin Holt Preparatory Academy is on fall break until Oct. 15, and could not be reached for comment.
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