Corpun file 24610 at www.corpun.com
Daily Mail, London, 2 November 1966, p.1
Fifteen public school boys vanish on half holidays
By Daily Mail Reporter
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FIFTEEN boys walked out from a public school during a half-day
By last night 12 of them had been found, but three, two aged 16,
the other 15, were still missing.
The walk-out, after an incident involving school discipline, came
on Monday from West Buckland School, near South Molton, Devon.
Because of the holiday the boys did not have to wear uniforms.
A police search began when they failed to return.
Five were found hitch-hiking along a road and spent the night in
a waiting room at Yeovil police headquarters, Somerset, 70 miles
Another was collected from Taunton, Somerset, 15 miles away.
Six were spotted yesterday by a policeman at Tiverton, Devon,
25 miles away.
Tiverton police said: "They had straw in their hair and
their clothes were crumpled. They must have spent the night
One of the boys at the school said last night: "They planned
to go to London for a week then return. It happened after there
was trouble about the boys having air pistols.
"A master got all the boys to turn out their lockers and the
pistols were found."
The boys who were returned to the school each received six of the
best from the headmaster, Mr. Leslie Stephens.
Last night he said: "I feel strongly that this is an
internal matter and should be dealt with as such. I refuse to
The £375-a-year school (motto "Read and Reap") has 203
pupils, many of them farmers' sons.
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