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Liberal professor who said Otto Warmbier 'got exactly what he deserved' is now out of a job

A University of Delaware professor who said Otto Warmbier "got exactly" what he deserved has lost her teaching job. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

The University of Delaware has chosen not to extend the employment of Katherine Dettwyler, the professor who made headlines last week after she said that Otto Warmbier "got exactly what he deserved."

Warmbier died last week just days after returning to the United States from North Korea. He had been imprisoned by the tyrannical country for a year and a half after the country arrested him for attempting to steal a propaganda sign. He was just 22 years old.

"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," the school said in a statement.

Dettwyler, 62, worked at the university as an adjunct anthropology professor, and the university emphasized that she was not a full-time employee in their statement.

"On June 23, the University issued a statement about comments that Dettwyler recently posted online, at a time when she was not employed by the University, concerning student behavior and the Otto Warmbier incident. Those comments in no way reflect the values or position of the University of Delaware," the school said.

"The University of Delaware is committed to providing our students, and our community, with an inclusive and supportive atmosphere characterized by respect and civility," the university reiterated.

Warmbier's death drew sympathy from around the country. But there were several notable comments that made headlines for their cruelty. Many of those who believe Warmbier "got what he deserved" justified their views by ripping on white people, privilege or college students who have never had to face consequences for their actions.

Dettwyler's unsettling comments came in a Facebook post and in the comments section on National Review's website. They were made last Wednesday.

Dettwyler said that Warmbier "acted like a spoiled, naive, arrogant, US college student who had never had to face the consequences of his actions."

"Is it wrong of me to think that Otto Warmbier got exactly what he deserved?" she rhetorically asked.

"Otto is typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueles (sic) males who come into my classes," she wrote. "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 (sic) deserve a good grade for being who they are. Or instead of crying, they bluster and threaten their female professors."

When challenged by another commenter on NR's website, Dettwyler doubled down. She clarified to say that she loves her "hard-working, sincere, non-arrogant college students," but said that students like Warmbier "think nothing of raping drunk girls at frat parties and snorting cocaine, cheating on exams, and threatening professors with physical violence," according to Campus Reform.

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