Romney apologizes for prep school pranks that 'might have gone too far'

In this March 19, 2012, photo, Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters after speaking at the University of Chicago in Chicago. Romney won the Illinois Republican presidential primary on Tuesday March 20. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

In this March 19, 2012, photo, Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters after speaking at the University of Chicago in Chicago. Romney won the Illinois Republican presidential primary on Tuesday March 20. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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.

Thursday, Romney apologized for pranks that "might have gone too far."

“Back in high school, I did some dumb things, and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that,” he said in a radio interview.

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