I'm Max Karson, I was (quite publicly) arrested in college for comments about the Virginia Tech shooting
Edit 2: To respond to the most common questions--I'm fairly left-leaning politically (you can be a liberal and also provocative), I have never deleted posts for the purpose of hiding my views (they're all over my channel and the internet in general), and the idea that I'm a psychopath, while seductive, is not true. I just say what's on my mind and that freaks people out.
Edit: Watch the video I made (containing excerpts from all of my classmates' and professor's interviews with police, and my interview with police the day I was arrested) if you're interested in hearing what actually happened. None of the news stories are accurate because I was advised by lawyers to keep silent. If you look at the top comments, you will see why.
This is the first time I have spoken publicly about the whole affair. I posted a video about it today, but here's the TL;DW:
In a women's studies class, the day after the shooting, our professor asked us to discuss and try to understand the Virginia Tech shooting.
After hearing the usual "thoughts and prayers" from my classmates, I suggested we'd be better served by empathizing with the shooter, his anger and isolation, and use that as a framework for coming up with changes we can make to our education system that might actually help prevent shootings in the future.
I said that we've all had violent thoughts, and if we pretend we haven't, we're lying. We live in a violent society (the U.S.) and humans are violent animals. Instead of pretending that isn't the case, we should figure out why that violence is being directed toward institutions like schools, especially huge crappy schools that dehumanize their students.
Rather than engage me in an intellectual way, the teacher announced that I had raised the specter of the possibility that I was going to murder all my classmates on Thursday. I said this was not going to happen...
But because of my history of writing politically incorrect things, the chair of the women's studies department (not present in the class) called the police and told them that I'd threatened to kill everyone.
I spent the night in jail and was barred from campus for 10 weeks, only to be let back in after a psychological evaluation. AMA.