After publicly criticizing Otto Warmbier; the American college student who died after being detained in North Korea for stealing a propaganda poster, on her Facebook page, University of Delaware professor Katherine Dettwyler has lost her job.
“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,” according to a statement from the University of Delaware.
Her Facebook post in which she ranted about the deceased college student’s supposedly pampered lifestyle and claimed that “Otto Warmbier got exactly what he deserved,” has since been deleted, along with a similar comment she made on an article which exposed liberals’ mean-spirited reactions to Warmbier’s predicament.
“He went to North Korea, for f***’s sake, and then acted like a spoiled, naive, arrogant, US college student who had never had to face the consequences of his actions,” Dettwyler wrote just two days after the young man’s death. “I see him crying at his sentencing hearing and think ‘What did you expect?’”
In arguing on-line with people who commented on her obvious hatred for some of her students, the anthropology professor retorted that she loves her “hard-working, sincere, non-arrogant college students,” and many of them “don’t fall into that demographic.”
Dettwyler characterized white, male college students this way: “They think nothing of raping drunk girls at frat parties and snorting cocaine, cheating on exams, and threatening professors with physical violence. I would not call them ‘ordinary’ — not at all.”
The former professor then wrote, “How about a few moments of thought given to all the other people in North Korea who are suffering under the repressive government there? Just because they are North Koreans, and not US citizens, we shouldn’t care about them?”
Stating that Dettwyler’s comments “do not reflect the values or position of the University of Delaware,” university officials distanced themselves from Dettwyler on Friday by condemning the teacher’s messages of “hatred” and “insensitivity” and expressing their sympathies towards the Warmbier family.
A website which lets students write their opinions about their teachers, called RateMyProfessors.com reveals that the majority of Dettwyler’s students mention that she is highly opinionated in the classroom.
“Professor Dettwyler is intelligent, but way too opinionated to the point where she becomes unprofessional,” according to one former student.
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