Adjunct University of Delaware anthropology professor Kathy Dettwyler will not be rehired at the school in the fall after making comments that Otto Warmbier got what he deserved from North Korea.
Dettwyler was subjected to a huge backlash when she posted the comment on her personal Facebook page, “Is it wrong of me to think that Otto Warmbier got exactly what he deserved?” The post has since been made private or removed.
In a Sunday statement, UD said Dettwyler “will not be rehired to teach at the University in the future,” The News Journal reported, adding that Dettwyler wasn’t a faculty member when she made the controversial comments.
— Univ. of Delaware (@UDelaware) June 23, 2017
“The comments of Katherine Dettwyler do not reflect the values or position of the University of Delaware,” the University stated last week as the news of her post broke, The News Journal reported. “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.”
Warbier was a college student when he was arrested for trying to steal a propaganda poster while traveling in North Korea in 2016, according to The Washington Post. He was sentenced to 15 years hard labor but was released back to the United States when he became ill and the North Korean government feared he might die in their custody.
Twitter users continued to be outraged about the Dettwyler’s comments and turned them back on her, saying she got what she deserved with the firing.