Three government ministers, top politicians from the City of Oslo and the Norwegian capital’s chief of police were among those sitting down for a meeting in Oslo on Wednesday to tackle the rising problem of violence in local schools. They settled on stronger reaction and punishments, including swifter expulsions.
Those causing the most trouble in Oslo schools will also be ordered to report for some form of obligatory activity to keep them off the streets. Regulations will also be tightened so that it’s not so difficult to kick troublemakers out of school.
Police ended up with another NOK 30 million to fund programs for preventing violence in the schools. Police believe there’s a core of around 100 teenagers in Oslo who are the source of the most unrest that spoiled the start of the fall term at several high schools including Stovner on Oslo’s northeast side. Most come from troubled homes, lack language skills and struggle in the classroom.
Justice Minister Per-Willy Amundsen claimed the “worst troublemakers must experience that their acts have consequences.” Police will also work more closely with the schools themselves.