A University of Colorado
student who was arrested and suspended after allegedly making threatening
comments following the Virginia Tech massacre has been allowed to return to
school but still faces a criminal charge.
Max Karson, 22, was arrested April 17, one day after the
Tech gunman killed 32 people and himself. Campus police said Karson had talked
in class about “how someone could be driven to kill 32 people because of
the injustices of universities.”
Students told police they felt threatened by Karson’s remarks.
The university Office of Judicial Affairs ruled Karson
violated the student conduct code and suspended him until May 2008, but the
office lifted the suspension because Karson tried to “diffuse the
situation” after realizing he had frightened others.
The decision, reported Tuesday in the Camera newspaper, was
dated June 15.
The suspension could be re-imposed and Karson could face
other punishments if he violates the conduct code before May, the Office of
Judicial Affairs said.
Karson declined comment. Alex Garlin, one of his attorneys,
said “we’re extremely pleased” by the decision.
Karson has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of
interfering with staff, faculty and students of an educational institution. The
next court session in the case is July 20.
– Associated Press
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