EAST STROUDSBURG — What would the United States look like if some states were missing? It is what some are wondering after recent petitions surfaced on the White House’s web page.
Folks in more than 30 states are signing petitions to secede from the nation and form a new government.
More than 11,000 people have signed the petition for Pennsylvania to secede, including people from Lock Haven, Hazleton, Scranton, and New Ringgold.
“From what I hear this happens after every election, but it’s never gotten to this point where there’s this many signatures,” said East Stroudsburg student Rhiannon Milliard.
“I think it’s a good thing, to be honest, that people are going out there and supporting what they believe and stuff,” said fellow student Tamara Hadeed.
Some students Newswatch 16 spoke with said the fact that there are so many petitions and tens of thousands signing them shows the United States may not be so united right now, at least not when it comes to being one nation.
“Some people are very radical about their opinions and others just follow those who are being radical,” said Shannon Terstappen an East Stroudsburg student.
“It’s kind of interesting that people are getting together, standing together trying to change things,” said Bria Harrison, another student.
According to the White House, petitions with more than 25,000 signatures will be reviewed.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas already have enough signatures for that.
“You grow up seeing the map of America, how it is this whole time, and it’s kind of funny it’s those southern states, but I couldn’t imagine what it would be like,” said Dan Cacciabeve, an East Stroudsburg senior.
There is also a petition to keep the United States united.