University of Delaware professor fired after saying Otto Warmbier “got what he deserved”

Otto Warmbier
In this Feb. 29, 2016, photo, American student Otto Warmbier cries while speaking to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. The family of Warmbier who died days after being released from North Korea in a coma says the 22-year-old "has completed his journey home." Warmbier died Monday, June 19, 2017, relatives said in a statement. He arrived in Ohio on June 13, 2017, after being held for more than 17 months. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

WILMINGTON, Del. — A University of Delaware professor was fired after she wrote on Facebook that American student Otto Warmbier “got exactly what he deserved.”

According to the school’s independent student newspaper The Review, the university has announced that anthropology professor Kathy Dettwyler will not be rehired to teach classes at the school in upcoming semester.

Dettwyler’s firing comes after a national outcry over a post on her personal Facebook page in which she said Warmbier had the “typical of a mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males who come into my classes.”

“These are the same kids who cry about their grades because they didn’t think they’d really have to read and study the material to get a good grade … His parents ultimately are to blame for his growing up thinking he could get away with whatever he wanted. Maybe in the US, where young, white, rich, clueless white males routinely get away with raping women. Not so much in North Korea. And of course, it’s Ottos’ parents who will pay the price for the rest of their lives.” she said.

Her Facebook page has since been taken down or made private, according to Delaware Online.

The University of Delaware issued a statement saying Dettwyler’s views “do not reflect the values or position of the University of Delaware” and called the comments “particularly distressing and inconsistent” with University values.

Warmbier was released by North Korea earlier this month after being held for more than 17 months in the country.

North Korea sentenced Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor, but released him earlier this month. He was in a coma when he was released and died shortly after his return to America.

 

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