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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Is Mitt Romney’s high school bio relevant to his 2012 campaign?

Looking for more on Mitt Romney’s bio? Post reporter Jason Horowitz has an in-depth look at the formative prep school years of the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election.

Romney’s friends recall him as a bit of a prankster, who could sometimes take things too far. Specifically, there is a story about him leading a plan to cut the blond hair of a student who was presumed to be homosexual.

So, we ask: Are Mitt Romney’s actions in high school, however objectionable, relevant to his campaign? Read an excerpt of the story below and vote in our reader poll and expand in the comments.

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. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

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