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Romney apologizes for 'dumb things' during school years

OMAHA-- Mitt Romney took to the airwaves Thursday morning to apologize for "dumb things" he did as a prep school student, after a Washington Post report revealed troubling alleged anecdotes of the Republican presidential candidate pulling pranks and bullying other students in his youth.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at Oklahoma state Republican Party Headquarters May 9 in Oklahoma City.

The Post report included an account of Romney pinning a fellow student at the prestigious all-boys Cranbrook School in Michigan to the floor and cutting his hair against his will.

The newspaper reported that Romney was reportedly offended by the student’s flashy hairstyle. “He can’t look like that,” one former classmate recalled Romney telling him. “That’s wrong. Just look at him!”

One witness to the incident referred to it as "vicious," a description that has gone viral on social media.

(It’s worth noting that five former Cranbrook students spoke with the Washington Post about the incident; the paper says that they all have different political affiliations, but largely lean Democratic.)

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In a radio interview added to the candidate's public schedule at the last minute, Romney said he did not recall many specific incidents involving pranks or bullying during his school years -- including the hair-cutting episode.

But he admitted that "did some dumb things," and "if anyone was hurt by that I apologize for that."

On the day after President Barack Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage, Romney called accusations that these alleged pranks -- including reportedly mocking a fellow student with shouts of "atta girl" in class -- were motivated by perceptions of these students' sexuality "absurd."

Without mentioning specific incidents, Romney apologized several times to anyone his "hijinks" may have hurt if or when they went "too far."

"If I did stupid things, I'm afraid I've got to say sorry for it," Romney said, pointing out that his high school days were many decades behind him. "I'm quite a different guy now."

Read the full Washington Post story here.