I'm currently an IT student in college, and I encounter an issue with a friend of mine.
Each year, a teacher gives to students, projects topics, and he dispatches them according to wishes that students give, from an algorithm.
Unfortunately, this year, all didn't happen as students wanted to : a lot of them didn't get their right wish, so there was a lot of discontentment. Despite the fact that I got the topic that I wished, I was also angry for them. Some of them decided to complain to him, that's where my friend intervenes.
He told me that he was going to talk with that teacher, so he did, well violently. My friend interrupted the teacher during his class, He made an outburst, by telling us that he was underestimating us, and so that we had to react...
I didn't want to watch that scene, I was scared by the violence of my friend, and I was afraid that he would be severely punished. After his doings, He left the lecture room, and he told us that he didn't want to be our friend anymore, because none of us did support him on his actions, and unlike us (some of my other friends were also dissatisfied by their subjects), he wasn't a coward, and that he said what he wanted in the end. He is now with other colleagues that weren't in that lecture room, and according to them, we shouldn't talk to him, that he is feeling better without our presence, and that we are bad mouthing him behind his back, which is not true of course.
One week after that incident, he didn't change : he is still avoiding us, and I still feel that loss. Because I have a timid personality, I assume that I was weak to prevent that incident, that I didn't say to him that I wouldn't support his actions if it would come to violence. I really want to apologize about what happened, but I don't know what to say, because I'm afraid that he would overreact again. Some of my friends didn't feel that guilt since they witnessed his behavior during that incident.
I would like you to help me to find the right words, by telling the truth, that, despite the fact that I didn't want to support him, I would like to stay friends with him.
Sorry for my bad English by the way.