- Posted May 11, 2012 by
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Lauber Family: "...we are aggrieved..." - Re: Romney Prank
The family of the man whom presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was accused of bullying by cutting his hair have come out with a statement which they say is "factually incorrect".
A former classmate of Romney's in 1965 has accused Romney of leading a group of teenagers, including the source of the story, in a prank that held a fellow student down and cut his hair. The specter of homophobia has been raised as well as charges of bullying.
Christine Lauber, who is a few years older than John Lauber, was at college when the alleged incident happened, and said the brother and sister were “doing our own thing” at the time.
When ABC News showed her the story, Christine Lauber’s eyes welled up with tears and she became agitated.
She described her brother as a “very unusual person.”
“He didn’t care about running with the peer group,” Christine Lauber said. “What’s wrong with that?”
Betsy Lauber, one of John Lauber’s three sisters, spoke with ABC News Tuesday night regarding the accuracy of the story.
“The family of John Lauber is releasing a statement saying the portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda. There will be no more comments from the family,” she said.
She did not say specifically how the Washington Post story was incorrect.
Romney has since apologized for what he said were “pranks” in high school but has said he doesn’t remember the specific event.
Romney said “homosexuality was the furthest thing from his mind” when it came to the jokes he played on classmates.
“Even if it did happen, John probably wouldn’t have said anything,” Christine Lauber said.
“If he were still alive today, he would be furious [about the story],” she said with tears in her eyes.
From the Cornfield, things that happened in high school and even college that can be chalked up to youthful indescretions should not be such an issue.
All of us did things when we were younger that we regret or have banished from our memories.
This story seems more like someone seeking his 15 minutes of fame.
I remember clearly, however, seeing "long-haired hippies" who were tackled and their hair cut during the 60s by the more clean-cut teenagers that today we would label preps.
It was a different time. Different mores and different standards.
Going back nearly 50 years and comparing to today's thoughts and opinions on right and wrong is not, in my opinion, fair.