Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents (via kileyrae)
Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.
News Anchor Takes Down A Bully of the Day: Last Friday, Wisconsin news anchor Jennifer Livingston received an email from a viewer attacking her weight.
This morning, she responded to him on the air:To the person who wrote me that letter — do you think I don’t know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don’t see?…
Livingston went on to point out that October isNational Bullying Prevention Month, and that she hopes the incident will raise awareness of bullying behavior, which is “passed down from people like the man who wrote me that email.”If you are at home and talking about the fat news lady, guess what? Your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat.
I suppose the onion is an unbiased rag