BERGEN: Bieber fever is headed for Norway with a handful of school authorities in Oslo stepping slightly aside to let the pop star take the center stage. Educational officials in Bergen are in no mood to give the concert performances space, however.
A handful of the capital’s schools have preferred to reschedule exams as they ‘clash’ with Justin Bieber’s scheduled April 16 and 17 concerts in Oslo’s Telenor Arena.
Schools here will be continuing according to timetable. None of staff The Foreigner has spoken to has received any overwhelming response from the students asking for leave for these.
“We’ve only got one application from a student, so there is no chaos here,” says Rå Skole principal Hanne Elisabeth Hovland.
“No applications for leave have come in to the office and I would be surprised if any school in Bergen would allow students to miss classes for a concert,” says Bergen Cathedral School principal Bjørn Kristian Jæger.
Confirming he has heard of potential issues in other Norwegian cities, he nevertheless expresses surprise when being informed that some Oslo schools had rescheduled their timetables accordingly for the concerts.
Bergen International School Principal June Murison also reports she has not received any applications, and is not aware that any children from her school are going to attend the concerts.
“I have absolutely no clue, as our school premises are not gripped by any such ‘Bieber fever’.”
Meanwhile, Bergen City Councilor for schools and day care institutions, Ragnhild Stolt-Nielsen, tells The Foreigner “I don't think that schools and other institutions should encourage such behavior, for instance postponing large tests or make changes in planned activities.”
Bieber concert organizers had also received some threats from teenagers promising to inflict self-harm if they did not get the tickets to the concerts. Ms. Stolt-Nielsen expresses concern.
“I do not think it's a big problem that kids are attached to pop icons but this behavior is not normal, it's way too dramatic. I think the organizers have dealt with it in a very professional way. I know no such occurrences have been reported in Bergen, and sincerely hope there won’t be any.”