The University of DE has unequivocally condemned the professor who made the inflammatory declaration that Otto Warmbier "got exactly what he deserved".
The university said in a statement that Dettwyler's comments do not reflect the school's values and are "particularly distressing".
"Maybe in the USA, where young, white, rich, clueless white males routinely get away with raping women".
Critics have suggested that it is not even clear that Otto Warmbier did anything wrong while in North Korea and that there is actually no proof that he removed a propaganda banner that was hanging up, arguing that the fact he was American may have been enough to have gotten him arrested.
The University of DE is cutting ties with a part-time professor who provoked a controversial firestorm for saying North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier "deserved" to die.
As Campus Reform originally reported, anthropology professor Katherine Dettwyler articulated those extraordinary sentiments in the comments section of a National Review article, part of which she reproduced in a post on her Facebook page. "And of course, it's Otto's parents who will pay the price for the rest of their lives". She speaks of white male students of hers mainly as ones 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".
"DPRK is truly a nuclear power and we are ready to take down on those that do nothing but make nuclear threats using their nuclear deterrence", Cha Hui-rim, chairman of the Pyongyang City People's Committee was quoted by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying.
In the statement, North Korea said the USA response to the country following Warmbier's release was "a frontal challenge and political plot", calling itself "the biggest victim of this incident". "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". It is the first official comments by the country on the state in which it returned Warmbier to his family.
An unidentified spokesman for North Korea's government says the country is the "biggest victim" in Otto Warmbier's death.
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Dettwlyer, reached by email, had no comment.