OSLO, NORWAY – Ah, college, the final rung on the education ladder. But not everyone can live the dream of getting a college education.
Like this guy, Anders Behring Breivik. He’s even got a Facebook page and everything.
And by everything, we mean a 21-year-prison sentence for killing 77 people in Norway, using bullets and a bomb.
He killed 69 people, mostly teenagers at a youth camp, and another 8 people when he bombed government buildings in Oslo in July 2011.
Prison officials said that would be okay if he got a degree, but he would have to take classes in his cell.
The University of Oslo rejected his applications because he didn’t have the right qualifications for the bachelor program.
The folks at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., don’t seem to mind having a killer on campus.
He’s James St. James, chair of the psych department, where’s he’s taught for the last 27 years.
St. James was 15, in 1967, in Georgetown, Texas, when he went by the name of James Walcott.
He killed his father, mother, and sister using this 22-caliber rifle. He said he hated them and that he had been sniffing glue in the weeks before he killed them.
A jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity. Seven years later, the state said he was sane and let him go.
Something Millikin administrators don’t want to do.
The university says that given his traumatic childhood (that would be killing his family, we guess) his efforts to rebuild his life have been remarkable.
Of course the irony is that the father he hated and killed was also a professor.