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Second chance for teenage runaways

Runaway lovers Indira Gainiyeva, and Edward Bunyan, seen in the Dominican Republic.

Runaway lovers Indira Gainiyeva, and Edward Bunyan, seen in the Dominican Republic.

Two teenage runaways expelled from school after they bunked off on holiday to the Dominican Republic could soon be back in class – at a Derbyshire college.

Indira Gainiyeva, aged 17, and Edward Bunyan, 16, have been kicked out of their Lancashire boarding school after going missing two weeks ago.

But they could be given places instead at Mount St Mary’s College at Spinkhill after their former headteacher arranged interviews there, saying they deserved ‘one last chance’.

The couple’s parents have agreed they can stay together, saying they are ‘madly in love’.

Mount St Mary’s head Laurence McKell said: “They will both go through the usual application procedure, an interview, and we’ll have to look at their school record and academic grades before accepting an application.”

The pair could be asked to sign a ‘good behaviour’ agreement which would mean they could be expelled if they broke school rules in any way.

Their former head, Andrew Johnson, said he helped arrange the interviews after both pupils had given an account of their behaviour to their parents and apologised.

 

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