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UD severs ties with former professor over Otto Warmbier comments

In comments carried by the official KCNA news agency, the foreign ministry spokesman said, “The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S.in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well”.The Daily Mail captured Kathy Dettwyler’s now-deleted Facebook post, which said Warmbier “acted like a spoiled, naive, arrogant, [United States] college student who had never had to face the consequences of his actions”.”The comments of Katherine Dettwyler do not reflect the values or position of the University of DE”, the statement read.The post 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”.She claimed that North Korea isn’t like the United States, “where young, white, rich, clueless white males routinely get away with raping women”. His parents ultimately are to blame for his growing up thinking he could get away with whatever he wanted.Warmbier died earlier this week after 17 months in North Korean captivity, seemingly as a result of being brutalized during that time. “And of course, it’s Ottos’ parents who will pay the price for the rest of their lives”.As the backlash grew, the university tried to distance itself from the 62-year-old professor.”The comments of Katherine Dettwyler do not reflect the values or position of the University of Delaware”. “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”.A handout photo made available by the Warmbier family showing a visitor signing the condolence book during the funeral service of Otto Warmbier in Wyoming, Ohio, USA, 22 June 2017.US doctors said given Warmbier’s young age his severe brain injury was most likely caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain.Warmbier was on a tourist trip to North Korea when he was detained for allegedly stealing a political poster from a hotel in Pyongyang past year.The comments published by the news agency were North Korea’s first reaction to Otto Warmbier’s death in a USA hospital Monday after it released him for what it called humanitarian reasons.She added, “Otto is typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, [clueless] males who come into my classes”.The professor has refused to comment on her post.