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Ben Carson says he hid white classmates during race riots


Saturday, November 7, 2015, 12:00 PM

More stories from Ben Carson’s past have been called into question, including a harrowing tale of how he sheltered his white classmates during Detroit race riots, a day after the GOP candidate called reporters “desperate” for probing 1996 autobiography.

A fiery Carson blasted the media Friday after reports questioned the validity of his book, “Gifted Hands,” specifically suggesting he may have lied about earning a scholarship to West Point and embellished stories about his violent outbursts as a child and teenager.

“There’s got to be a scandal. There’s got to be some nurse he’s had an affair with. There’s got to be something.’ They have gotten desperate,” Carson told reporters Friday night, according to CNN. “Next week, it will be my kindergarten teacher who said I peed in my pants. It’s ridiculous.”

On Friday, a new media report scrutinized two more stories from the neurosurgeon-turned-politician.

Last month, Carson detailed how he protected his white high school classmates the day after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 assassination. Violent race riots ravaged Detroit’s Southwestern High, which enrolled more black students than white students.

More stories from Ben Carson’s past have been called into question.MARK KAUZLARICH/REUTERS

More stories from Ben Carson’s past have been called into question.

Carson, a junior lab assistant with a key to the school’s biology workroom, shepherded his frightened friends to the lab to shield them from the violence, he told the Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper spoke with a half dozen of Carson’s classmates and his high school physics teacher: Not one remembered his heroic hideaway.

“It may have happened, but I didn’t see it myself or hear about it,” Gregory Vartanian, who served in the junior ROTC with Carson, told the Wall Street Journal Friday.

Another story from Carson’s nearly 20-year-old book recalled how he was dubbed the “most honest” student in a Yale psychology class he took during his junior year.

Carson wrote that his Perceptions 301 professor took the class of 150 students that their final exams papers has “inadvertently burned” and they would all need to take a new, harder test. All of Carson’s classmates walked out while he stayed behind, he claimed.

“The professor came toward me. With her was a photographer for the Yale Daily News who paused and snapped my picture,” Carson wrote. “’A hoax,’ the teacher said. ‘We wanted to see who was the most honest student in the class.’”

Carson claimed the teacher slipped him a $ 10 bill as a reward. But Carson’s photo never ran in the student newspaper, according to the archives. Yale did not offer a class called “Perceptions 301” while Carson was enrolled, sources told the Wall Street Journal Friday.

On Friday, Carson’s assertion that he was offered a scholarship to West Point was called into question. In “Gifted Hands” he wrote that he met Gen. William Westmoreland when he was a high school ROTC student — and after dinner with the chief, he was “offered a full scholarship to West Point.”

Many of the questioned stories are from Carson's 1996 autobiography, 'Gifted Hands.'

Many of the questioned stories are from Carson’s 1996 autobiography, ‘Gifted Hands.’

West Point, which covers all costs for its accepted students and thusly does not offer scholarships, said Carson never applied to the school and never enrolled — meaning he never was offered a “full ride.”

Carson called the POLITICO story that reported the “fabrication” a “bold-faced lie.”

In “Gifted Hands,” Carson boasted about his transformation from rage-filled boy to refined neurosurgeon, describing how he once tried to hit his mother with a hammer and attempted to stab his friend “Bob” to death. Carson’s brother restrained him before he could hit their mom, while Carson’s knife shit Bob’s belt buckle, stopping the stabbing.

His former classmates, however, said they don’t remember the Republican as a rough kid.

'They have gotten desperate,' Carson said of the media.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

‘They have gotten desperate,’ Carson said of the media.

Carson admitted Friday changed the names in his autobiography, but maintained “Bob” is a real person who will only be identified if he choose to come forward on their own.

“Tell me what makes you think you’re going to find those specific people?” Carson asked CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “What is your methodology? Because I don’t understand it.”

Carson’s campaign adviser Armstrong Williams also refused to identify the candidate’s alleged victims or provide any kind of documentation showing disciplinary actions for his claimed school fights.

“Why would anyone cooperate with your obvious witch hunt?” Armstrong Williams wrote to CNN in an email last week, the day before Halloween. “No comment and moving on…… Happy Halloween!!!!!”

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