No Stonyhurst College return for Caribbean runaways

Blackburn Citizen: Edwards Bunyan, left, and Indira Gainiyeva have been spoken to by Stonyhurst head Andrew Johnson Edwards Bunyan, left, and Indira Gainiyeva have been spoken to by Stonyhurst head Andrew Johnson

THE teenage sweethearts who fled to the Dominican Republic have been told that their position at Stonyhurst College is ‘untenable’.

In a statement issued by the 400-year-old school, it was revealed that the parents of Edward Bunyan, 16, and Indira Gainiyeva, 17, would be ‘withdrawing’ them from the college.

According to a national newspaper Edward will fly to Canada in the next few days with his mum and Indira will return to Kazakhstan with her dad.

The Ribble Valley-based private school’s headmaster, Andrew Johnson, spoke with the couple to inform them of his decision.

The pair fled the £30,000-a-year Jesuit boarding school in the early hours of Monday, January 13.

They booked a car from Beez Taxis in Whalley to Manchester Airport and were caught on CCTV shortly before boarding an indirect flight to the Caribbean island.

They evaded local police for a week while the authorities searched hotels, bars and beaches.

The pair were eventually found at around 11pm last Sunday, January 19.

In a statement, a spokeswomen from the school said: “It has been a particularly difficult fortnight for the families of the two students who went missing from Stonyhurst College.

“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 headmaster of Stonyhurst, 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.”

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11:52am Mon 27 Jan 14

Sue Lee says...

Stony heart College!

Did they break any laws?
Stony heart College! Did they break any laws? Sue Lee

12:24pm Mon 27 Jan 14

midas says...

Sue Lee wrote:
Stony heart College! Did they break any laws?
They broke the school rules rules that they implicitly agreed to abide by, knowing the consequences of breaking them.

Isn't it time that this story was dropped and they had a bit of privacy to sort their lives out?
[quote][p][bold]Sue Lee[/bold] wrote: Stony heart College! Did they break any laws?[/p][/quote]They broke the school rules rules that they implicitly agreed to abide by, knowing the consequences of breaking them. Isn't it time that this story was dropped and they had a bit of privacy to sort their lives out? midas

12:34pm Mon 27 Jan 14

juanbbien says...

This story is well past it's sell by date how much longer are they going to milk it
This story is well past it's sell by date how much longer are they going to milk it juanbbien

12:54pm Mon 27 Jan 14

AnthonyUK says...

Well, if they didn't do what they did they would still be at that college. It serves them right that they had terminated their college places through their actions;it'll certainly put a warning and a deterrent out to others tempted to do the same thing, "do this and you'll be here NO longer!"
Well, if they didn't do what they did they would still be at that college. It serves them right that they had terminated their college places through their actions;it'll certainly put a warning and a deterrent out to others tempted to do the same thing, "do this and you'll be here NO longer!" AnthonyUK

12:57pm Mon 27 Jan 14

AnthonyUK says...

Also I'am glad the parents agreed with the school for once, unlike many who will abuse shout down and violate the teachers bt saying "my kids wouldn't do that" in defence when in all truth THEY DID!
Also I'am glad the parents agreed with the school for once, unlike many who will abuse shout down and violate the teachers bt saying "my kids wouldn't do that" in defence when in all truth THEY DID! AnthonyUK

1:38pm Mon 27 Jan 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

Bunch of rich poncy annoying gits! Don't leave your kids with that sort of money and that sort of thing won't be feasible!! They're kids for fecks sake, if I had that sort of money at 16 I recon I would have probably done the same! It's the parents that are to blame...
Bunch of rich poncy annoying gits! Don't leave your kids with that sort of money and that sort of thing won't be feasible!! They're kids for fecks sake, if I had that sort of money at 16 I recon I would have probably done the same! It's the parents that are to blame... ChrisDeBerg

4:21pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mavrick says...

Who really cares???
Who really cares??? mavrick

5:58pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I found it an interesting story, as I did similar things at that age. Mine was a barn on Edisford road though not the Dominican Republic lol but I was not as well educated as these two rascals. Oh well alls well everyone is home and safe good luck to the future and please get on with your education.
I found it an interesting story, as I did similar things at that age. Mine was a barn on Edisford road though not the Dominican Republic lol but I was not as well educated as these two rascals. Oh well alls well everyone is home and safe good luck to the future and please get on with your education. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

9:41pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Anjohannes says...

As the Mum of a recent OS, I am happy that the adventure has had a happy ending and that the spoilt, overpriveledged brats, for that is what Indira and Edward are, are safe and sound.Nevertheless, they have caused their parents, families, friends and teachers substantial stress and concern.They have dragged the excellent reputation of the College through the 'gutter press'.The facilities & accommodation (excellent) have been compared to a 'Dickensian Orphanage' and/or 'Alcatraz'.I am sure that they did not anticipate the media frenzy and, if one can not make stupid mistakes at 16, when can one?Nevertheless, these two owe a big apology to all the Staff, current students and the OS for bringing their college/alma mater into disrepute.Many youngsters & their parents make great sacrifices to get into schools such as Stonyhurst College.
As the Mum of a recent OS, I am happy that the adventure has had a happy ending and that the spoilt, overpriveledged brats, for that is what Indira and Edward are, are safe and sound.Nevertheless, they have caused their parents, families, friends and teachers substantial stress and concern.They have dragged the excellent reputation of the College through the 'gutter press'.The facilities & accommodation (excellent) have been compared to a 'Dickensian Orphanage' and/or 'Alcatraz'.I am sure that they did not anticipate the media frenzy and, if one can not make stupid mistakes at 16, when can one?Nevertheless, these two owe a big apology to all the Staff, current students and the OS for bringing their college/alma mater into disrepute.Many youngsters & their parents make great sacrifices to get into schools such as Stonyhurst College. Anjohannes

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