At the time of the article, Edelmira’s boyfriend was in prison. Angela’s boyfriend was living with her and their daughter—as well as Angela’s mother, her younger brother, and a friend—in a two-bedroom apartment in Maryland. Angela had dropped out of school, and Edelmira was struggling, missing one day after another. “It’s not that I don’t want to go. I like school,” she told the Post. “It’s just we wake up too early. Sometimes I wake up, take a shower and, once it’s time to leave, I’m like ‘Nah, I’m just going to sleep.’” After school, the Post explained that she “almost never opens a book. When she says she’s doing well in a class, she means she’s not failing it. She doesn’t worry about how she’ll do on the PSATs or SATs. She has no idea what the tests are for.”