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High school student jailed for truancy speaks out about support
HOUSTON—The high school student who was jailed for missing too much school has responded to the international support she received.
A fund for Diane Tran, 17, was set up after a Montgomery County judge ordered her to spend a night in jail for truancy.
The fund raised over $100,000 and money keeps coming in.
Tran says she’s going to use it to do great things, but for now, she’s focused on finishing high school.
"I’m not going to miss any more school. [I’m going to use] time management. Don’t put too much on my plate," said Tran.
Tran missed 18 days of school because she works two jobs, all while maintaining a place on the honor roll, she said.
HOUSTON—A judge threw a 17-year-old 11th grade honor student from Willis High School in jail after she missed school again.
Judge Lanny Moriarty said last month Diane Tran was in his Justice of the Peace court for truancy and he warned her then to stop missing school. But she recently missed classes again so Wednesday he issued a summons and had her arrested in open court when she appeared.
Tran said she works a full-time job, a part-time job and takes advanced placement and dual credit college level courses. She said she is often too exhausted to wake up in time for school. Sometimes she misses the entire day, she said. Sometimes she arrives after attendance has been taken.
The judge ordered Tran to spend 24 hours in jail and pay a $100 fine. Judge Moriarty admitted that he wants to make an example of Tran.
People across the country offer help to honor student jailed for truancy
HOUSTON—People across the country have expressed their support for the Willis honor student sent to jail Wednesday night for missing too much school.
Diane Tran is often exhausted because she works a full time job, a part time job, and takes honors classes at Willis High. She is trying to support a brother in college and a little sister who lives with relatives. Her parents divorced and moved away.
Tran stood alone before Judge Lanny Moriarty Wednesday.
"Now this girl’s got a record, which could hamper her later in life," said KHOU viewer David Byrne of the Woodlands. "My immediate reaction was there’s something wrong here, so that’s when I got in touch with you guys."
Judge Moriarty is off on Fridays so he has not made a decision as to whether he will throw the case out.
"I hadn’t thought on that issue because it turns me, ‘Well, he’s soft. He’s not gonna do nothing.’ I’m taking off at 11:30 today," said the judge.
Tran says her future could be greatly hampered. She may want to be a doctor some day.
Many people expressed their outrage on Facebook.