Mass Murderer Breivik's Next Step: College Student?

He applies to University of Oslo, with prison's blessing

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 31, 2013 2:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Those who thought Anders Behring Breivik got a ridiculously light sentence of 21 years for murdering 77 people in Norway will be just thrilled to hear the latest development about him: The unrepentant anti-Islamic extremist has applied to Oslo University, and the school is considering, reports the Local. Breivik's prison director is on board: "The prison will always try to pave the way for inmates to get a formal education, so that they are able to get a job when they come out."

Some staffers at the university already have refused to have Breivik as a student, even if it is only in an online capacity, reports the BBC. The school's chief says he understands, but "we cannot refuse anyone the chance of studying at the University of Oslo." He adds, "We have to follow the technical rules for admission," and that last part actually gives critics of the idea some hope. Breivik never graduated from high school, which could disqualify him. No word yet on when the decision will be made. As for that 21-year sentence, authorities can keep Breivik in jail longer if he is still deemed a risk at that point.

Anders Behring Breivik leaves a courtroom in Oslo in 2012.
Anders Behring Breivik leaves a courtroom in Oslo in 2012.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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