Sam is a very smart, thoughtful kid. He reminds of myself when I was 19. A lot of things he said can come off as offensive or cringe-worthy. He also is very passionate and gets riled up by mundane issues.
I am 25 and am just beginning to realize how easily some of my words and sentiments can be misinterpreted. When I posted the article on my school page, a lot of students responded with hatred towards my interviewees. Sam felt kind of discouraged. I sent him a screen-shot of your comment and a couple other supportive messages that I received. He was very grateful that people identified with him.