Kinda makes the stories about Romney mistreating his dog seem like small potatoes. Romney was a gay basher in school, and lots of witness accounts, even from friends, back that up.
A high school classmate of presidential candidate Mitt Romney told ABC News today that he considers a particular prank pulled at Michigan's Cranbrook school to be "assault and battery" and that he witnessed Romney hold the scissors to cut the hair of a student who was being physically pinned to the ground by several others.
"It's a haunting memory. I think it was for everybody that spoke up about it… because when you see somebody who is simply different taken down that way and is terrified and you see that look in their eye you never forget it. And that was what we all walked away with," said Phillip Maxwell, who is now an attorney and still considers Romney an old friend.
"I saw it with my own eyes," said Maxwell, of the anecdote first reported by the Washington Post . Maxwell said Romney held the scissors helping to cut the hair of a student, John Lauber, who was presumed to be gay and who had long hair. "It was a hack job… clumps of hair taken off."
Maxwell said he held the boy's arm and leg, describing he and his friends as a "pack of dogs."
Asked if Lauber was targeted because he was gay, as reported by the Post, Maxwell said, "We didn't know that word in those days… but there were other words that were used. We weren't ignorant, we just didn't use the current names for things.