Outrage erupts over professor’s degrading comments about Otto Warmbier

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A professor from the University of Delaware is in hot water after she posted a long rant on her personal Facebook page Tuesday, claiming that Otto Warmbier “got exactly what he deserved.”

Warmbier, the student who was taken into custody while on a tour in North Korea, was returned to the U.S. in a coma and died six days later. His funeral was Thursday in the Wyoming High School, in Wyoming, Ohio.

Kathy Dettwyler, 62, an anthropology professor, started out her rant with, “Is it wrong of me to think that Otto Warmbier got exactly what he deserved?” She mocked him for crying at his sentencing, saying he acted like a “spoiled, naive, arrogant US college student who had never had to face the consequences of his actions.”

Dettwyler went on with her hateful opinion of Warmbier, saying, “Otto is typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males who come into my classes. 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.”

She even blamed his parents, saying it’s their fault for him “growing up thinking he could get away with whatever he wanted.”

It got even worse. “Maybe in the US where young, white, rich, clueless white males routinely get away with raping women. Not so much in North Korea,” Dettwyler wrote.

Campus Reform has shared a screenshot of Dettwyler’s comments, but her personal Facebook page is now reportedly offline.

The University of Delaware issued a statement saying Professor Dettwyler’s comments “do not reflect the values or position of the University of Delaware.”  They did not, however, state if any disciplinary action would be taken against her for her comments.

The following Twitter post drawing attention to the matter has been shared over 2,500 times, with users replying in disgust at the professor’s comments and many calling for her resignation.

Below is news coverage of Otto Warmbier’s salutatorian speech at his 2013 high school graduation:

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