The Six O’Clock News: You Really Can Escape the Winter Blues!

It’s cold. It’s dark. School is very much back and no one can quite believe that it’s only been three weeks since the day after Boxing Day. We all sort of want a summer holiday, but we cannot take one…

Students Edward Bunyan, Indira Gainiyeva, Who Ran Away To Caribbean From Stonyhurst College ‘Found’

Or maybe we can! A couple of students at a very nice school (one year’s tuition costs about two-thirds of a degree) “escaped” from their trappings and ran away… to the Dominican Republic.

Well, if you’re going to bunk, you might as well get a bit of winter sun. The Huffington Post has helpfully provided print screens of Tweets fellow students posted while they were MIA… yolo indeed.

Stonyhurst College runaways: teenage couple who escaped to Dominican Republic ‘located by local police’

According to The Telegraph, ‘one friend described their departure as an “incredible stunt”, likening their avoidance of the school’s security measures to “escaping from Alcatraz”.’ Hmm. Still, I’d love to know what the other students are saying. I mean, I’d probably be secretly rooting for my friends if they upped sticks to the Riviera instead of doing mocks, not that any of us are that proactive.

Teenage lovebirds ‘found’ in Caribbean after bunking off college to escape rainy Britain

The Metro has even provided an image of the island to which we all could escape if we had a parent’s credit card, the guts for a flipping long plane journey and a Catholic boarding school to wake up to.

Young love huh.

I sort of want to set up a ‘bonkers news corner’ where people send in the weird stuff they see reported in the media. I mean, is this sort of thing a regular occurrence? How many adults do it? What are the average phone-in-sick stats for January compared to the rest of the year?

These are the questions we must ask if we are to work out how to do it ourselves… and get away with it.