From Maidstone in Kent an answer to the question: what do British schoolkids do all day? Well if they were in class they'd be learning peace studies in Urdu or all about climate change. That's why a good number of them prefer playing truant and hanging around shopping centres swigging cider, smoking and robbing passersby.
This lad, however, is more of a throwback to his forebears 100 years ago who at age 16 would likely be navigating a battleship or working down a mine.
Predictably there are howls of outrage all around the web from people who say he could have been killed. Well that's a matter for him isn't it? He's obviously got a lot of bottle - and in his case, unlike most of his classmates, it doesn't contain White Lightning