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source, New York Times
Some might be tempted to dismiss this as an old story, fifty years, irrelevant. But is it? This is the case of an alpha male in an all-boys school leading the charge to bully a kid. It was scarring enough to bother the others involved, and the victim (now deceased). But Romney doesn't remember. Though he does remember--somehow--that it wasn't over the other kid's sexuality. Riiiiight.
Here's a little nugget that I haven't seen discussed though. This gay kid (presumed to be gay at the time) had bleached blond hair, and it was arranged "differently," apparently hanging in his face. But this was the 1960s, a time of change in America's youth. The target of Romney's ire, John Lauber, may have been an early adopter of the longer hair that very quickly became popular. And Romney looks every inch the square who would fight that, doesn't he? Romney is like the enemy in any movie like Revenge of the Nerds, except that those jerks are supposed to get their comeuppance. Not become gazillionaire presidential candidates.
50 Years Later, a Bullying Case Snares Romney
The day after President Obama endorsed gay marriage, Mitt Romney found himself responding to allegations that as a teenager he harassed a prep school classmate who later came out as gay. . .
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