He says he regrets incidents, including those involving gay classmates, recounted in a Washington Post article on Thursday.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Mitt Romney repeatedly apologized on Thursday for pranks he played in high school that may have offended or hurt other students, even though he said he does not remember them. The apologies came in a Fox News radio interview that host Brian Kilmeade said was lined up because Romney wanted to discuss a Washington Post story about the incidents.
The Post story led with a vivid description of Romney clipping the hair of a young man -- presumed to be a homosexual -- while other classmates pinned him to the floor, as the victim screamed for help and his eyes filled with tears. "I don't remember that incident," Romney told Kilmeade. "I tell you, I certainly don't believe that I ... thought the fella was homosexual. That was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s. So that was not the case. But as to pranks that were played back then, I don't remember them all, but, again, high school days -- if I did stupid things, I'm afraid I gotta say, sorry for it."
The Post's article details Romney's teenage years spent at Cranbrook, a prestigious prep school in Michigan, and focuses on the many pranks played by the future presidential contender. Several were harmless, but others are remembered as cruel, insensitive, or frightening to the victims.
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The hair-cutting incident was confirmed by five of Romney's classmates, who described the event as "senseless, stupid, idiotic," and "vicious." Candy Porter was the victim of a well-known prank in which Romney and his Cranbrook friends posed as cops, complete with fake siren and badges, and pretended to bust some friends and their dates. Porter told The Post she was "terrified."