Twin brothers have been getting offers of money, jobs and college tuition, but they fear publicity about their plight could pose problems for the father who abandoned them five years ago.
When Tony and John Gomez were 9, their parents divorced and their mother left. When they were 13, their father returned to Guadalajara, Mexico, leaving the twins to fend for themselves.
They worked odd jobs and managed to pay the rent on a trailer while attending school. They told few people about the arrangement.
This month, the twins, now 18, graduated from high school.
Since their story was publicized, "it's been phenomenal," said Karen G. Marshall, principal of Sierra High School where Tony was a C-plus student.