Teenagers escape Catholic boarding school and head to Caribbean
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Two sixteen year olds have broken out of their Catholic boarding school and flown to a 5 star beach resort in the Caribbean. Presumably fed up with the January weather in Lancashire, they took matters into their own hands, and unlike most boarding school pupils who tend not to make it much further than a backstreets pub when they go AWOL, Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva have set new standards in skiving. There’s was indeed the love that could not be contained
Their absence was noted early yesterday morning at the prestigious Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, and their parents were said to be ‘desperately concerned’ by their disappearance. Police were immediately notified and have reportedly tracked the runaway couple to a resort in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
This is unmistakeably mischief of a certain wealth bracket, as while Lancashire is probably bursting with young, hormonal teenagers in need of an impromptu Caribbean holiday, most would struggle to afford the taxi to the airport let alone international flights and luxury accommodation. Still – if you’ve got it, why not live it up.
Stonyhurst have been left extremely red faced by the incident, with the school’s ‘Second Master’ telling the BBC Today Programme that their security was designed more to keep intruders out than pupils in and admitting ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’. He does have a point – they can hardly be expected to chain their charges to their beds, and teenagers on a mission can be very enterprising.
One friend gushed approvingly, describing it as an “incredible stunt” and comparing their departure to “escaping from Alcatraz”.
Victoria Bunyan, the widow of Edward’s older brother said “I don’t approve at all but it sounds like he is having quite an adventure. It is going to get him in rather a lot of trouble I am sure.”
Another source said: “It can be pretty miserable at a bleak 15th-century Jesuit school in the middle of winter and close friends say they had a bad case of the post-holiday blues.”
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