A day after President Obama became the first holder of the Oval Office to endorse same-sex marriage, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney is being accused of bullying a student believed to be gay as a teenager in the 1960s.
The Washington Post — citing five of Romney’s fellow students at the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — reported Thursday that Romney led a posse that pinned down another boy while Romney, himself, cut the boy’s bleached-blond hair, which usually draped over one eye.
The alleged incident occurred in 1965, when Romney was a senior. The target was a junior named John Lauber, whom the Post report described as “soft-spoken” and “perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality.”
Matthew Friedemann, a Romney friend and dorm-mate, told the Post that Romney complained often about Lauber’s appearance.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” Friedemann said, recalling Romney’s words about Lauber.
Friedemann claimed that one day Romney and a group of boys sought out Lauber, tackled him and held him to the ground while Romney clipped the locks he found offensive. Three other former Cranbrook students corroborated the story on the record, and a fourth spoke to the Post anonymously.
There is more at the Washington Post.