University of Delaware professor Katherine Dettwyler has been fired after calling Otto Warmbier a “spoiled,” “white, rich, clueless” college student who “got exactly what he deserved.” According to Dettwyler, torture and death is a fitting punishment for a 22-year-old who attempts to steal a poster. Warmbier died last week after he was sent home from North Korea in a coma, following a long imprisonment.
The 62-year-old anthropology professor made the hateful comments on Facebook and in response to a National Review article, just two days after Warmbier’s death on June 19. She later deleted the posts.
“Is it wrong of me to think that Otto Warmbier got exactly what he deserved?” Dettwyler asked on Facebook. “He went to North Korea, for fuck’s sake, and then acted like a spoiled, naive, arrogant, US college student who had never had to face the consequences of his actions.”
“Otto is typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueles [sic] males who come into my classes.” Dettwyler then got strangely personal, “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 simple deserve a good grade for being who they are. Or instead of crying, they bluster and threaten their female professors.”
The Daily Caller reports:
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.
“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,” school officials said in a statement sent to The Daily Caller on Sunday.
In the University of Delaware’s press release, school officials pointedly observe that Dettwyler was an adjunct professor working on a contract and not a full-time school employee.
Also, school officials stress that they don’t share Dettwyler’s opinions. “Those comments in no way reflect the values or position of the University of Delaware.”