An American professors said Otto Warmbier "got exactly what he deserved"

The University of DE is distancing itself from remarks made by a part-time faculty member about former American college student Otto Warmbier, who died earlier this month after he was returned to the United States from North Korea.

The university said in a statement that Dettwyler's comments do not reflect the school's values and are "particularly distressing".

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.

A spokesperson for North Korea's Foreign Ministry released a statement Friday claiming North Korea is a victim of a USA smear campaign in the death of University student Otto Warmbier. DPRK is the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Dettwyler made her comments on Wednesday on Facebook and in the comments section of a National Review article.

"And of course, its Otto's parents who will pay the price for the rest of their lives", Dettwyler wrote, according to The News Journal of Wilmington.

A week before his return, relatives discovered the student had been in a coma shortly after his show trial a year earlier which doctors say was caused by a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause.

North Korea accused South Korea of tarnishing their image with "slanderous talk about cruel treatment and torture" and demanded they return 12 female restaurant workers who defected to the South previous year.

"The University of DE values respect and civility and we are committed to global education and study overseas; therefore we find these comments particularly distressing and inconsistent with our values".

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"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 statement read.

When asked if any disciplinary action would be taken against Dettwyler, university spokeswoman Andrea Boyle said, "We are not able to comment on the specifics of her employment".

  • Leroy Wright