I want to know more about the Dunblane thing and Andy. All we've had from him about it is two sentences - he retains patch impressions about the day and his mum gave Hamilton lifts in her car. But Jaeger said he seemed haunted. There's more than he's letting on.
The grammar is vague (and it's the Mail), so it's not clear if she really meant to say it was Andy, or just boys who had hidden, like and possibly including, Andy.
I do, however, agree that an event like that must have a massive impact. Whether or not you believe that Andy remembers little of the day itself, or suspect it's a good way to fend off unwelcome questions, it changed the whole community. Even if Andy had missed school altogether that day, so definitely didn't see or hear anything, or if the whole family had been on holiday for a fortnight, missing the the funerals and initial media intrusion, he still would have had to go back to a school where children and a teacher were murdered. Half of the primary one class were missing, several of his class-mates and friends had brothers or sisters who had died. No matter how hard the adults tried to protect the children from the horrors, the community was grieving. The sad thing is that the children won't have known any better, so maybe don't realise just how fun and carefree those pre-teen years are supposed to be.
I know that some parts of the media behaved pretty badly, from doorstepping bereaved families, to generally trying to get anyone in the community to reveal some juicy tit-bit. I'm sure that must contribute to Andy's early mis-trust of the media, and his refusal to give them what they wanted will have added to their annoyance at him.
IMO, events like that force people to concentrate on what is really important. I'm sure it's one of the reasons Andy genuinely doesn't want to change who he is, or do daft stunts because some man with a camera tells you it's a good idea. He knows people think he doesn't smile enough, or that he's not animated enough during interviews, but he also knows that those things aren't important.
In terms of speaking to the media about what happened. I suspect Andy considers himself one of the lucky ones. He survived, and so did his brother. Yes, he knew people who had died, but he knew families who had lost children, and that's worse. He may have felt that saying more than the minimum about the event would be a betrayal, or come across as self-indulgent etc. In the year's that have passed, and now he's been able to give the community something positive to talk about, and more recently, the very tangible golden post box etc, it's different. It seems as if when he was home, several people told him how grateful they were that his success gave them something to be proud of. Perhaps he feels as if he now has earned the right to talk about it - though still in very abstract terms.
I know, through friends, that many people from Dunblane, when travelling, used to avoid telling people where they were really from, simply to avoid the questions and comments, so it's not exclusive to Andy's situation. In fact, I believe when Andy was younger he'd always list his home town as Stirling in tennis competitions for that very reason.