The college professor from the University of Delaware has just been fired for posting on Facebook that Otto Warmbier, an American taken into custody in North Korea who later ended up in a coma and died, “got exactly what he deserved.” Millions of Americans were shocked when Katherine Dettwyler’s claims surfaced on the internet.
Earlier last week Dettwyler, a 62-year-old professor in the anthropology department, put up a post on Facebook (that has now been deleted, but screencaps have been saved) which stated Warmbier “acted like a spoiled, naive, arrogant US college student who never had to face the consequences of his actions.”
She has been fired for injecting her politics and opinion into her teaching.
Dettwyler also stated that the 22-year-old was “typical of a mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males who come into my classes,” and claimed he was the same as “same kids who cry about their grades, or instead of crying, they bluster and threaten their female professors.”
People from across America have called for her to be fired, some saying on Twitter that they would not send their children to the university.
The University of Delaware released the following statement in response to the outcry over Dettwyler’s comments:
“The comments of Katherine Dettwyler do not reflect the values or position of the University of Delaware. We condemn any and all messages that endorse hatred 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.”
Otto Warmbier. 22. was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel in early 2016. 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.
It seems that this professor has finally received what she deserved.
Kathy Dettwyler you are a bigot. Just look at the contradiction in your Facebook post. Professors are now self destructing via social media pic.twitter.com/YrE6NPhR23
— ABallerDotCom (@ABallerDotCom) June 23, 2017