Stonyhurst runaway teenagers told they cannot return to College

Stonyhurst headmaster rules their return as 'untenable' after their departure to the Caribbean sparked an international search

Two teenagers who ran away to the Dominican Republic will not be returning to their Lancashire boarding school, it has been confirmed today.

Edward Bunyan, 16, and Indira Gainiyeva, 17, left Stonyhurst College in the early hours of 13 January and jetted out to the Caribbean.

The pair were found safe and well in the resort of Punta Cana just over a week later.

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to their parents, who had agreed that the children's position at the school was “untenable” and that both would be “withdrawn” from studies there.

They were at the centre 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.

Lancashire boarding school runaways found safe and well in the Caribbean

The school added that Mr Bunyan and Miss Gainiyeva teenagers had “expressed their regret for the trouble they have caused” and has arranged for both to be offered the chance to study at another unnamed school.

In a statement, the school said it has been "a particularly difficult" two weeks for the families of both students.

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

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

“The headmaster 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

The school said both "have expressed their regret for the trouble they have caused".

It added: “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.”

Additional reporting by Press Association

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Cleaner

£15000 - £16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you've got first class custo...

Recruitment Genius: Mobile Applications Developer / Architect - iOS and Android

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity to join a medium s...

Recruitment Genius: Telesales Account Executive - £40K OTE

£11830 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working in a friendly, sales ta...

Recruitment Genius: Web Designer

£15000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...

Day In a Page

John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most