- The Washington Times - Monday, November 9, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is challenging media accusations that he exaggerated his tough childhood by sharing a magazine clipping from a 1997 article in which his mother verified the claim that he tried to stab a friend in ninth grade.

CNN reported last week that nine friends, classmates and neighbors who grew up with Mr. Carson could not remember him having a violent streak, as he often recounts in his memoirs and interviews.

On Monday, Mr. Carson’s team posted on his Facebook page an excerpt of a 1997 Parade magazine interview, initially surfaced by Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, in which Mr. Carson’s mother appeared to corroborate a story that the retired neurosurgeon recounted in his 1990 autobiography, “Gifted Hands,” Talking Points Memo reported.

“Here is an interview my mother did in Parade Magazine on May 11, 1997. Did CNN do any research at all?” Mr. Carson’s post read.

“Oh, that really happened,” Sonya Carson told Parade of the attempted stabbing, according to the excerpt.

“I sat him down and told him that you don’t accomplish much by being a bully. You accomplish more with kindness than you ever do by being harsh,” his mother said at the time.

Mr. Carson wrote in his book that a moment of “pathological anger” when he was in the ninth grade led him to attempt to plunge a knife into the waist of a boy, identified as “Bob,” but a belt buckle blocked the blade’s entry. After the incident, Mr. Carson said, he began reading the Book of Proverbs and “never had another problem with temper.”

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