Holiday pupils withdraw from school

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Edward Bunyan, 16, and Indira Gainiyeva, 17, flew to the Dominican Republic after leaving Stonyhurst College Edward Bunyan, 16, and Indira Gainiyeva, 17, flew to the Dominican Republic after leaving Stonyhurst College

Two teenagers who ran away to the Dominican Republic will not be returning to their boarding school, it was announced today.

Edward Bunyan, 16, and Indira Gainiyeva, 17, left Stonyhurst College near Clitheroe, Lancashire, in the early hours of January 13.

They took a taxi to Manchester Airport and jetted out to the Caribbean.

Their subsequent stay in the resort of Punta Cana has been the subject of widespread media coverage as police had to track down the pupils amid concerns for their welfare, and then Mr Bunyan's mother and Miss Gainiyeva's father flew out to meet them.

Today, Stonyhurst said its headmaster Andrew Johnson had spoken to their parents, who had agreed that the children's position at the school was "untenable" and that both would be "withdrawn".

It added that the teenagers had "expressed their regret for the trouble they have caused".

The school has arranged for both Mr Bunyan and Miss Gainiyeva to be offered the chance to study at another unnamed school.

In a statement, the school said: "It has been a particularly difficult fortnight for the families of the two students who went missing from Stonyhurst College on Monday 13th January.

"Given the overwhelming media interest, it seems right to issue this information setting out how the episode has been concluded.

"Both their parents and the college were hugely relieved when the two were discovered late last Sunday night.

"Since then, the two young people have given an account of their behaviour to their parents.

"The h eadmaster of Stonyhurst, Mr Andrew Johnson, has also been in contact with the parents and has spoken to the two students.

"Their parents have agreed with him that, after what they have done, their children's position at Stonyhurst is untenable. The parents will, therefore, be withdrawing their children from Stonyhurst.

"However, Mr Johnson has been in touch with the headmaster of another school who has agreed to interview both young people with a view to giving them a last chance to make a success of their sixth- form education.

"Both young people have expressed their regret for the trouble they have caused and both families wish to thank the police and other authorities for assisting them in finding their children safe and sound.

"The two young people now ask to be left alone to make a new start at a new school."

Stonyhurst College, a day and boarding school, was founded in 1593 and bills itself as one of Britain's leading Catholic boarding schools.

The Daily Mail reported that both teenagers had told their parents they wanted to study together so they could spend as much time as possible in each other's company.

Miss Gainiyev's father, Ravil, told the newspaper: "Until this happened, I'd never heard about Edward.

'It's a good thing he said sorry to me when we met.

"I think he's a nice boy and Indira likes being with him, although I'm not happy about them sharing a hotel when they are not married.

"I understand Indira's decision that she wants to study with Edward. I don't think we can part them now.

"If they are together it will be a good motive for them to study. I'd prefer them to return to school together."

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