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Robert Bleichner is just 16, but he’s decided to leave home, and no one is changing his mind.

Instead of returning to Princeton High School after Christmas, he’s taking a data entry job in the office of the public defender for Mercer County. And instead of finishing out his childhood in leafy suburbia, he’s moving into roughly half a room in a scorching basement apartment in Trenton with two sweaty older men and a boiler.