A Texas honor student was sentenced to 24 hours in jail for truancy and fined $100. Diane Tran, 17, works two jobs to support herself and her siblings. Her parents divorced and moved away.
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.
Judge Lanny Moriarty said he was making an example of Tran. “If you let one (truant student) run loose, what are you gonna’ do with the rest of ‘em? Let them go too?”
An 11th grader, Tran works full time at a dry cleaners and weekends at a wedding venue. She lives with the family that owns the wedding site. Her brother is in college; a younger sister lives with relatives. Why isn’t Tran living with relatives? My guess is she didn’t want to switch high schools.
The judge is under pressure to clear Tran’s record.