While Americans and people around the world are morning Otto Warmbier’s passing, an American professor from Delaware university has used her right to self expression, saying that the deceased got what he deserved.
Her controversial comments attracted huge criticisms, with many calling for her to be sacked outright.
The “woman of questionable character” took to social media shortly after Otto’s death, saying “he got served” after his arrest, trial in court, 15-year jail term, arriving home in coma, and dying after a few days.
Fred and Cindy Warmbier, parents to the late 22-year-old student of Virginia University, said in an official statement prior to his arrival in Ohio: “Otto has left North KoreaHe is on a Medivac flight on his way home. Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016. We learned of this only a week ago…”
North Korea’s pariah regime was criticized of torturing their prisoner to a near-death condition before his release, but the grieving couple said they were grateful to have him back in their arms.
Although Kim Jong Un’s government denied all allegations of torture and poor treatment of the American student, the professor says DPRK did nothing wrong in Otto’s death.
Kathy Dettwyler, an anthropology professor, expressed her thoughts on the mystery through a Facebook post she shared last Tuesday.
The woman who has since turned into an internet celebrity of sort said Otto was “typical of a mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males who come into my classes.”
Otto Warmbier literally disappeared after his arrest and trial. His parents never heard from him until he was returned to the US in coma.
She continued, “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.”
Then the Delaware university professor blamed his parents for what she called a poor decision. The American society wasn’t spared in her remarks, too.
“… 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 infamous celebrity’s Facebook page was either taken down or made private after her controversial comments.
Meanwhile, Delaware University has withdrawn itself from Kathy’s views.
“The comments of Katherine Dettwyler do not reflect the values or position of the University of Delaware,” writes the institution in an official statement published by USA Today. “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 of Delaware values respect and civility and we are committed to global education and study abroad; therefore we find these comments particularly distressing and inconsistent with our values. Our sympathies are with the Warmbier family.”
A rep of the university said details Kathy’s employment are “personal matters” and strictly “confidential.”
North Korea denied the allegations against it through statements from the country’s mouthpiece, KCNA.
The Korean Central News Aency wrote, “Although we had no reason at all to show mercy to such a criminal of the enemy state, we provided him with medical treatments and care with all sincerity on humanitarian basis until his return to the U.S.”
Image shows Otto Warmbier in court during his trial.
In their tributes to Otto, one of his high school classmates Chris Colloton, who was also in preschool with the deceased, said “He knew every word to pretty much every rap song I think there ever was.
“If people could know just the extraordinary character he had, that’s all that really matters.
“I think it’s important that his life be remembered for how he lived it and how he approached the world.”
Otto died last Monday in the arms of those who loved him dearly.
His life was celebrated by all and sundry in Cincinatti who set the world on fire to mark his painful exit from this world.
US President Donald Trump called the hero’s death a disgrace to the nation.
“What you are seeing I think is the American people’s frustration with the regime that provokes and provokes and provokes and basically plays outside rules, plays fast and loose with the truth,” said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who spoke at a news conference.