During a class discussion on April the 17th regarding the massacre at Virginia Tech, Max Karson "made comments about understanding how someone could kill 32 people," university police Commander Brad Wiesley said.
His father, Michael Karson, told the Camera Newspaper that the comments may have been misinterpreted and questioned whether his son's free speech rights had been violated.
"I would have hoped that state officials would know their First Amendment better than they seem to," he said.
Also a former Emmanuel College adjunct professor was recently fired for starting a discussion on the recent Virginia Tech Massacre. On April the 22nd he stated that the college violated his rights and has tried to stifle valid discussion of a controversial topic.
"Every other faculty member there has learned the lesson of 'be quiet,' " adjunct professor Nicholas Winset said in a telephone interview yesterday. "How can you be a professor and not touch on controversy?"
On Saturday, Winset posted an 18-minute defense of his actions on YouTube.com, a popular website for homemade video clips.
Under the title "Fired Professor Speaks Out!" the four-part video features Winset describing the lecture that led to his dismissal.
He said it included a brief discussion of gun control, whether to respond to violence with violence, and the public's "celebration of victim-hood" in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings.
Below are the Videos posted on Youtube:
There is clearly a lot of sensitivity surrounding the Virginia Tech Massacre and most are unwilling to tackle the issue. With such blatant attacks on civil liberties occurring, those stated above serving as an example, we must ask: are we allowing our sensitivity to damage our liberty?