A Romney campaign spokesperson did not dispute the story, but said Romney was not armed with a toy Tommy gun in the “massacre.” The spokesperson also said that for his second prank, Romney was carrying a fire hose — not an ax.
Shaw said the boy Romney “had so many props he couldn’t possible keep track of what he used and when he used them.” But he stands by his recollection.
Romney drew criticism after other childhood pranks were reported publicly. In one, he and a group of friends forcibly cut off the hair of a high school classmate presumed to be gay.
In another, he reportedly impersonated a police officer, complete with car and siren. “I remembered him telling us that he liked to pull people over,” one friend from Romney’s college years told The Boston Globe.