Mitt Romney’s anti-gay bullying has a human face now

Growing up being bullied leaves a lifetime of damage.

From The Toronto Star:  http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1177427–mitt-romney-s-anti-gay-bullying-has-a-human-face-now

By Heather Mallick
Sun May 13 2012

I love guilt. I wish people felt more of this emotion so foreign to Mitt Romney that he claims not to remember what a brute he was in school, the boy being father to the man, a Bain consultant who killed so many jobs in the ’80s that many grown men must have come home weeping to their families and never worked again.

It was 1965. The prep school was Cranbrook, in Michigan. Mitt Romney’s posse took a dislike to a younger boy who had bleached his hair and wore it draped over an eye. “He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” Romney told his friends.

And so his posse attacked young John Lauber, pinning him to the ground. As Lauber cried and screamed for help, big ole’ Mitt cut Lauber’s hair off with scissors.

The act still haunts the gang of five grown men who did it. One apologized to Lauber. “It was vicious,” says another. Romney’s friend, who held Lauber down, remains appalled.

A fourth encountered Lauber (who was later expelled for a minor school infraction) at O’Hare airport in the mid-90s. “Hey, you’re John Lauber,” David Seed said. Seed, now a school principal, apologized.

Lauber said, “It was horrible.” He described his terror and told Seed, “It’s something I have thought about a lot since then.”

Lauber led a difficult, ill-paid, itinerant life. In 2004, he died of liver cancer. Romney became rich, then richer. He felt no guilt last week when confronted with his past.

Continue reading at:  http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1177427–mitt-romney-s-anti-gay-bullying-has-a-human-face-now

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