Univ. of Delaware fires prof who said Otto Warmbier ‘got exactly what he deserved’

On Sunday, officials at the University of Delaware said that Katherine Dettwyler, the taxpayer-funded professor who called Otto Warmbier a “spoiled,” “white, rich, clueless” American college student who “got exactly what he deserved” at the hands of the North Koreans, would not be returning to the college.

“The University of Delaware has announced that Katherine Dettwyler, who last taught in the spring as an adjunct faculty member, will not be rehired to teach at the University in the future,” the school said in a statement.

Campus Reform explained:

The decision came days after Dettwyler, an anthropology professor at UDel, voiced her controversial views on the death of Warmbier on social media and the comment section of an article published by National Review.

Campus Reform previously reported that Dettwyler argued that Warmbier behaved like a “spoiled, naive, arrogant U.S. college student who never had to face the consequences of his actions” while he was in North Korea.

She later said that Warmbier had a “typical mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males” that she teaches.

Following her remarks, the university issued a statement disavowing the “particularly distressing” comments made by the professor, stressing that they are “inconsistent with our values.”

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Campus Reform posted an image of her Facebook comments:

Univ of Delaware prof on Otto Warmbier

The Daily Caller added:

Dettwyler blamed Warmbier’s parents for allowing their son to grow up “thinking he could get away with whatever he wanted.”

She also wrote that “young, white, rich, clueless white males routinely get away with raping women” in the United States.

Warmbier’s bad behavior — allegedly stealing a sign — reminds Dettyler of male students who “think nothing of raping drunk girls at frat parties and snorting cocaine, cheating on exams, and threatening professors with physical violence,” she said, according to Campus Reform.

Warmbier was detained in North Korea in 2016 after he was accused of stealing one of the country’s propaganda posters. He was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea for this minor crime. He was finally returned to the United States 17 months later but was in a coma due to severe brain damage. He died on June 19.

“The University of Delaware is committed to providing our students, and our community, with an inclusive and supportive atmosphere characterized by respect and civility,” the school further said.

One nutty professor down, 16 million more to go…


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