A part-time professor at the University of Delaware has found herself in hot water after making the egregious claim that Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was taken prisoner by North Korea and died shortly after his stateside return, “got exactly what he deserved.”
Kathy Dettwyler, an adjunct professor of anthropology who believes that some children should naturally remain breastfeeding until age 7, took to her Facebook page on Tuesday to decry Warmbier as a symbol of everything she hates about America.
“These are the same kids who cry about their grades because they didn’t think they’d reall have to read and study the material to get a good grade,” Dettwyler wrote. “His parents are ultimately to blame for his growing up thinking he could get away with whatever he wanted.”
“Maybe in the US, where young, white, rich, clueless white males routinely get away with raping women,” her cruel rant continued. “Not so much in North Korea. And of course, it’s Otto’s parents who will pay the price for the rest of their lives.”
The backlash was swift: hundreds of commenters on Dettwyler’s personal Facebook page and beyond began demanding an apology, calling on the University of Delaware to immediately terminate her employment for her disrespectful remarks.
In a statement, the school soundly distanced itself from Dettwyler’s words: “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.”
However, school administrators would not definitively state whether they would take punitive action against Dettwyler for the offensive remarks.
“We are not able to comment on the specifics of her employment,” university spokesperson Andrea Boyle told The News Journal. “Personnel matters are confidential.”