Mitt Romney apologized today for high school pranks that may have pushed the boundaries into bullying, including an incident where he led a group of young men in pushing down a screaming fellow student who frequently was taunted about his suspected homosexuality.
“Back in high school, I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said in an interview on Fox News Radio today.
While Romney attended public elementary schools, after sixth grade he transferred to the prestigious Cranbrook preparatory school for his education.
"It would be safe to call it a typical prep school, like any other prep school in the East," says James N. Bailey '69, another of Romney's classmates.
Although many of his friends remember Romney for his decision-making, creativity and sense of humor, some say he did not excel in any one thing.
"He was more of an all-round kind of person then," Bailey says. "He was a good student; he was a decent athlete; he was a good leader, but there were other people that had higher offices."
Cranbrook Schools, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is a comprehensive, college preparatory learning environment, composed of Cranbrook Lower School Brookside (PreK through grade 5), Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls and Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Boys (grades 6 through 8), and Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School (grades 9 through 12 with day and boarding programs). Cranbrook Schools is a division of Cranbrook Educational Community, which also includes the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Art Museum, Institute of Science, and other affiliated cultural and educational programs.
High school students take note: That mediocre semester of freshman-year French may one day come back to haunt you.
As the presidential election draws closer, it seems like any and all documents relating to the candidates are fair game. Case in point: One of Republican candidate Mitt Romney's old high school report cards, which was originally released by the Boston Globe in 2007, is making the Internet rounds again.
Young Romney, who would eventually go on to earn both law and MBA degrees from Harvard University, showed obvious intelligence, according to the prep school document. However, comments on his progress suggest an initial tendency toward overconfidence and underperformance.