Mitt Romney's High School Bullying Problem Won't Go Away

Mitt Romney's High School Bullying Problem Won't Go Away

Mitt Romney isn't the only presidential candidate conceding he did some dumb things in high school.  

Romney said, "I did some stupid things when I was in high school and obviously if I hurt anyone, by virtue of that, I am sorry for it and apologize for it."

After that bombshell report that Romney was a bully at the exclusive Cranbrook Prep School almost 50 years ago, Fox News' Sean Hannity retaliated by playing an audio excerpt from President Obama, reading from his book, Dreams from my Father.

In the book, Obama said, "I spent the last two years of high school in a daze. Drank beer heavily and tried drugs enthusiastically."

Hannity said, "Now, that kind of puts that Romney bully issue to shame, doesn't it?"

Now, the family of Romney's victim, John Lauber, who died in 2004, is disputing parts of the story.

According to The Washington Post, Romney the ring leader, and other boys attacked Lauber because they thought he was gay. The Post said, "His eyes filling with tears, screaming for help, then Romney "Repeatedly clipped his bleached-blonde hair with a pair of scissors."

In a statement made by Lauber's family, they said, "The portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda."

But Phillip Maxwell, one of Romney's classmates, who said he participated in the hair-cutting is now calling it "an assault" and told CNN he finds it "difficult to believe" that Romney doesn't remember it.

Romney said, "I don't recall the incident myself. I have seen the reports, and I am not going to argue that."

ABC political commentator Matthew Dowd believes the bullying story will have a big impact on many voters.

Dowd said on Good Morning America, "It touches on something that touches everyone of us, which is our high school experiences." 

INSIDE EDITION got a look inside the exclusive Cranbrook Prep School that Romney attended in 1965. The library features floor-to-ceiling windows and dark wood paneling. The student lounge has comfortable couches and chairs, there's even a piano. And the dining hall looks like something right out of Harry Potter's Hogwarts school with row upon row of tables.

Of course, the Romney controversy has inspired the late night comics.

Jay Leno joked, "While at prep school he cut another student's hair and ridiculed him for only having an American Express Gold Card, not Platinum."