When the Freedom Writers are at risk of being separated next year, this student feels that her/his life is falling apart. Her/his entire childhood has been completely uncontrolled, as her/his mother would send her/him away for days because she said she was tired of being a mother. The extreme freedom this student was given has resulted in a complete lack of guidance and sense of self-worth, as s/he has felt abandoned by her/his family. Alone and depressed, s/he feels that the Freedom Writers has been able to compensate for that sense of a lost family and provide her/him with people who actually care and listen. S/he feels that s/he could not afford losing a family again.
While some students suffer in their families because their lives are too controlled and they yearn to be free, this student suffers from the opposite problem: lack of parental engagement. Her/his attitude toward the Freedom Writers demonstrates that this group is not only important in school activities, but that it plays a crucial role in students’ private lives, giving them the emotional support they need to thrive in and outside of school.