Otto Warmbier: US professor says he 'got what he deserved'

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 26, 2017

The University of DE has cut ties with an adjunct professor who suggested that Otto Warmbier, a college student whose death last week after being imprisoned in North Korea drew worldwide attention, was a "clueless white male" who "got exactly what he deserved".

Katherine Dettwyler, who teaches anthropology, criticized Warmbier on social media and in the comments section of an article published on the National Review website.

Kathy Dettwyler sparked backlash on Facebook when she wrote Otto Warmbier was "typical of a mindset of a lot of young, white, rich, clueless males".

The announcement came days after the university issued a statement denouncing her remarks.

Warmbier, who was imprisoned on charges that he attempted to steal a propaganda banner while touring North Korea, was already in a coma by the time the hermit kingdom's officials returned him to the United States last week.

"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S.is a mystery to us as well", the regime's foreign ministry spokesman told the Korean Central News Agency.

"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 ..." Rodman, who reportedly has a personal friendship with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, traveled to the communist country June 13.

As the backlash grew, the university tried to distance itself from the 62-year-old professor.

"The University of DE values respect and civility and we are committed to global education and study overseas therefore we find these comments particularly distressing and inconsistent with out values".

The school said in an earlier statement that Ms Dettwyler's comments were "particularly distressing and inconsistent with our values".

While the statement said Warmbier was released due to multiple requests for release on humanitarian grounds by the Trump administration, it also blamed the USA government for the contentious state of relations with the DPRK. She is known for her scholarship on breast-feeding in different cultures.

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