Delaware professor who attacked Otto Warmbier is sacked

The University of Delaware has cut ties with a part-time professor who said Otto Warmbier ‘deserved’ to die for stealing a poster in North Korea.

Katherine Dettwyler, who taught anthropology at the university, caused outrage with a since-deleted Facebook post in which she said Warmbier ‘grew up thinking he could get away with anything.’

She accused the University of Virginia student of having the ‘typical mindset of a lot of young, rich, clueless males who come into my classes’ adding that he had ‘acted like a spoiled, naive, arrogant, US college student who has never had to face the consequences of his actions.’ 

The University of Delaware has cut ties with part-time anthropology professor Katherine Dettwyler (pictured) after she said Otto Warmbier 'deserved' to die

The University of Delaware has cut ties with part-time anthropology professor Katherine Dettwyler (pictured) after she said Otto Warmbier 'deserved' to die

The University of Delaware has cut ties with part-time anthropology professor Katherine Dettwyler (pictured) after she said Otto Warmbier ‘deserved’ to die

Dettwyler caused outrage with a since-deleted Facebook post in which she accused Warmbier of being 'a spoiled, naive, arrogant US college student'

Dettwyler caused outrage with a since-deleted Facebook post in which she accused Warmbier of being 'a spoiled, naive, arrogant US college student'

Dettwyler caused outrage with a since-deleted Facebook post in which she accused Warmbier of being ‘a spoiled, naive, arrogant US college student’

Warmbier was jailed in North Korea in 2016 for stealing a propaganda poster, and served 17 months of his 15 year sentence before being handed back to US authorities in a coma - dying less than a week later

Warmbier was jailed in North Korea in 2016 for stealing a propaganda poster, and served 17 months of his 15 year sentence before being handed back to US authorities in a coma - dying less than a week later

Warmbier was jailed in North Korea in 2016 for stealing a propaganda poster, and served 17 months of his 15 year sentence before being handed back to US authorities in a coma – dying less than a week later

Dettwyler was not employed by the university at the time she made her statement, a spokesman said, and they will not be renewing her contract in the future. 

A spokesman had previously condemned Dettwyler’s statement, saying it did ‘not reflect the values or position of the university.’

‘Our sympathies are with the Wambier family,’ the statement added. 

Otto Warmbier died on Monday, less than a week after he was returned from North Korea in a coma. 

He was imprisoned there for 17 months while on a school trip in January 2016, accused of stealing a propaganda poster and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. 

While Warmbier’s family was dealing with the grief of never speaking to their son again, the professor eviscerated his memory online. 

‘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,’ the post read. 

The post quickly sparked anger on social media, with many people sharing it with the school and calling for the University to fire her. On Friday, the University of Delaware released a statement in response to the adjunct-professor's remarks

The post quickly sparked anger on social media, with many people sharing it with the school and calling for the University to fire her. On Friday, the University of Delaware released a statement in response to the adjunct-professor's remarks

The post quickly sparked anger on social media, with many people sharing it with the school and calling for the University to fire her. On Friday, the University of Delaware released a statement in response to the adjunct-professor’s remarks

‘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 Otto’s parents who will pay the price for the rest of their lives,’ she continued.

Prominent politicians attacked North Korea following Warmbier's death, including John McCain who accused Kim Jong-un of state-sponsored murder

Prominent politicians attacked North Korea following Warmbier's death, including John McCain who accused Kim Jong-un of state-sponsored murder

Prominent politicians attacked North Korea following Warmbier’s death, including John McCain who accused Kim Jong-un of state-sponsored murder

The post quickly sparked anger on social media, with many people sharing it with the school and calling for the University to fire her. 

On Friday, the University of Delaware released a statement in response to the adjunct-professor’s remarks, which reads: ‘We condemn any and all messages that endorse hate and convey insensitivity toward a tragic event such as the one that Otto Warmbier and his family suffered. 

‘The University of Delaware values respect and civility and we are committed to global education and study abroad; therefore we find these comments particularly distressing and inconsistent with our values. Our sympathies are with the Warmbier family.’ 

The University also replied to a tweet by Ann Coulter and Paul Joseph Watson of the conservative news site ‘Prison Planet’ who asked if it condemned the professor’s comments.

The tweet was shared by thousands, many of whom said Dettwyler should either resign or be fired. Some people even said they would not send their children to the University of Delaware following the remarks.

The University’s student government also issued a statement Friday, according to the New York Daily News, which says: ‘While we are supporters of free speech, we believe that the comments made by Dettwyler are assumptive and offensive. 

‘It is not our duty to make assumptions on the case of Otto Warmbier without all the facts necessary, but we believe that stating he deserved death is highly inappropriate and lacks both professionalism and empathy.’

A funeral for the 22-year-old was held in his hometown of Wyoming, Ohio, on Thursday. 

A funeral for the 22-year-old was held in his hometown of Wyoming, Ohio, on Thursday, and is pictured above

A funeral for the 22-year-old was held in his hometown of Wyoming, Ohio, on Thursday, and is pictured above

A funeral for the 22-year-old was held in his hometown of Wyoming, Ohio, on Thursday, and is pictured above

THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE PROFESSOR’S FULL FACEBOOK POST  

Is it wrong of me to think that Otto Warmbier got exactly what he deserved? 

He went to North Korea for f*** sake, and then acted like a spoiled, naive, arrogant, US college student who never had to face the consequences of his actions. 

I see him crying at his sentencing hearing and think ‘What did you expect?’

How about the moments of thought give to all the other people in North Korea who are suffering under the repressive government there? Just because they are north Koreans, and not US citizens, we shouldn’t care about them?  

I’ve spent my life teaching folks just like Otto (I’m a 62 year old college professor of anthropology) and Otto is typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueles (sic) 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. They simply deserve a good grade for being who they are. 

Or instead of crying, they bluster and threaten their female professors. 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 Otto’s parents who will pay the price for the rest of their lives.

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