I saw it too, about an hour ago. There's no doubt in my mind that he was snubbing the guy. The mother said something along the lines of, "Michael knew who he was and decided not to even acknowledge him. I was so proud of him."i saw the interview and i was a bit befuddled when she wa ssaying how mature he was for pretending he didnt remember the kid and essentially ignoring him. i think thats actually very immature. i was never teased as a child, but i know i'll teach my daughter to treat people with kindness even if they have done your wrong in the past. not be a doormat, but at least be cordial. in the same situation i think the best approach would be to say, "yes i remember you," and leave it at that.
The teasing must have been relentless and quite hurtful for Michael's mom to be proud of her son at that moment. As a mom of a son who gets teased for being "different," it does hurt when your child is ostracized. It's hard for me to say if I'd be okay with my son doing what Michael did.