Professor Loses Job for Saying Otto Warmbier Got 'What He Deserved'


The University of DE has cut ties with adjunct professor Katherine Dettwyler over comments she made regarding the tragedy of Otto Warmbier.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dettwyler had written Warmbier was "typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males who come into my classes".

"The University of DE 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.

North Korea said on Friday the death of USA university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that he had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless".

Warmbier, a US citizen, returned to the United States in a coma from North Korea and died several days later. "Maybe in the USA, where young, white, rich, clueless white males routinely get away with raping women". She had last taught a course in the spring.

After condemning Dettwyler in a statement last week, the university announced Sunday it would not employ her again.

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A professor at the University of DE will not be returning to teach at the university after making harsh comments on Otto Warmbier barely a week after his death.

The comments were shared thousands of times on social media, with some parents stating they would refuse to send their children to the University of DE in protest. She is known for her scholarship on breast-feeding in different cultures. In a statement on Twitter, the university's administration disavowed her opinions, calling them "particularly distressing and inconsistent with our values".

Throughout negotiations to return Warmbier home, the family did not disclose that he was Jewish so as not to antagonize North Korea, which asserted that he was affiliated with the church.

The Review, the independent student newspaper at the university, reported that Dettwyler had a reputation on campus for being outspoken about her political beliefs.

The professor, Katherine Dettwyler, made the controversial statement in a since-deleted Facebook post. Warmbier spent over a year in a North Korean prison on a 15-year sentence for allegedly removing a propaganda poster. His cause of death remains a mystery.