The University of Delaware has cut ties with a professor who suggested that Otto Warmbier, the American student who died last week after his release from a North Korean prison, “got exactly what he deserved,” The Washington Post reported.
The adjunct professor, Katherine Dettwyler, wrote on her personal Facebook that the 22-year-old was “typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males who come into my classes.”
“Is it wrong of me to think that Otto Warmbier got exactly what he deserved?” Dettwyler wrote. “I see him crying at his sentencing hearing and think, ‘What did you expect?’”
The University of Delaware issued a statement after the professor's Facebook post came to light.
“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,” the university said.
Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea in March 2016 after being accused of stealing a propaganda banner from a hotel.
Warmbier returned to the U.S. earlier this month in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness” after being detained for 17 months. Warmbier died days later.Some people were appalled by Dettwyler's Facebook posts.
Others agreed with her comments.