WILMINGTON, DE (AP) — The University of Delaware is distancing itself from comments made by an adjunct professor after she said a college student who died after being held by North Korea “got exactly what he deserved.”
The Wilmington News Journal reports that anthropology professor Kathy Dettwyler said on her personal Facebook page that Otto Warmbier was “typical of a mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males” she teaches.
“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 wrote, according to the paper.
“…His parents ultimately are 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. Not so much in North Korea. And of course, it’s Ottos’ parents who will pay the price for the rest of their lives.”
The university said in a statement that Dettwyler’s comments do not reflect the school’s values and are “particularly distressing.” Dettwyler declined to comment.
Warmbier was released by North Korea earlier this month after being held for more than 17 months. He was in a coma and died Monday.