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Judge Sentences Honors Student to Jail for Missing School
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Posted 5/26/12
A Texas judge threw an 11th-grade honors student in jail for repeatedly missing school in the hope that he could make an example of her.

Diane Tran, 17, works two jobs while taking dual-credit and advanced placement classes at Willis High School in Willis, Texas, KHOU-TV reported. Her parents divorced and moved away, leaving her to support an older brother at Texas A&M University and a baby sister who lives with relatives. She lives with the family of one of her employers, the owners of a wedding venue.

Tran told KHOU she doesn’t want to miss school, but is so exhausted sometimes that she can’t make it to her morning classes before attendance is taken. Other times she even ends up missing the day entirely.

“She goes from job to job, from school she stays up ’til 7 o’clock in the morning doing her homework,” Tran’s friend Devin Hill told the station.

Judge Lanny Moriarty warned Tran back in April not to miss any more school; when she missed again last week, he issued a summons and had her arrested in open court Wednesday. Tran was sentenced to a night in jail and ordered to pay a $100 fine.

“If you let one (truant student) run loose, what are you gonna’ do with the rest of ‘em? Let them go too?” Moriarty asked.

He admitted to KHOU after the fact that he didn‘t know the full circumstances of Tran’s situation. He said he might work to have the arrest removed from her record, where it would otherwise remain.

Full article and video: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/texas-judge-sentences-honors-student-to-jail-for-missing-school/
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Posted 5/26/12
thats stupid why put a teen in jail for missing school when obviously they have all this crap to put up with and its completely out of there control if there gonna throw someone in jail for missing school then they need to at least get the full story behind why they did miss it and this person obviously has a good reason to miss school. there working 2 jobs and staying up basically an hour before school starts to get there homework done. if the judge is gonna "make an example" why not find some kid that doesn't care about school does drugs and skips school just because they want to theres plenty of the out there.


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Posted 5/26/12
Don't they have better things to do? Or rather, far more serious criminals to apprehend?
Although really, that girl is no criminal. She should be commended for the massive responsibility she holds.

Yes yes, lets bother with an honors student who misses school, instead of sex offenders and murders. Yup, that sure makes sense.
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Posted 5/26/12
That's actually a really depressing situation. She should be given a prize, not a sentence. :\ Being an honors student with all of that is incredibly hard, too, and the jail time would probably just get in the way of getting into a good college or scholarship.
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Even disregarding her circumstances, it seems folly to punish any student for missing school by preventing her from going to school. It doesn't solve anything, it just means she misses even more school.
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Posted 5/26/12
stupid. lol what's with Texas and these weird punishments?
Way to ruin someone's future so that they can threaten other students -,-
She was just trying her best to support herself.

In my opinion, Texas authorities are old school and attempt to make examples out of others...

For example) making people with criminal offenses hold up signs in their community to humiliate them and warn others...
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Posted 5/26/12
Just one night? She should have to at least do six months. That'll learn her
Posted 5/26/12
It seems like they'll hire anyone to be a judge these days.
Posted 5/26/12 , edited 5/26/12
I say some tough love is good. Especially in her situation where she's supporting those who rely on her.

Although, she should be given some extensions on school work and her employer should give her top priority for suitable shifts.

With the school work some extra leeway on due dates would be a god send in her situation. Not too much though otherwise she'll get lazy, take advantage of the exemptions, and end up disregarding the earnestness of her studies and fall behind.

Just enough respite is ideal. Keep her subtly on her toes.
Posted 5/26/12
these laws get fuked up every day
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Posted 5/26/12
At least he's trying to change the arrest record.
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Do you guys have any faith in the law in your country? I mean... if I lived in America I would be pretty worried.
Posted 5/26/12
Cruel and unusual punishment - the judge needs to study law again. He even admitted he didn't know the full circumstances yet he jumps into action - look before you leap.

He proved himself to be a failure of a judge.
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This is what's wrong with the world. Judges would rather arrest KIDS IN SCHOOL than a drug dealer, and cops would rather setup a bike/car sting(police leave a bike/car unattended and wait for it to be stolen) than to raid a known drug/gun dealer's house.
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Why? What? *looks to the sky*
What's the world coming to ?!?
I couldn't even do what she's doing! If they're going to make an example of her, then they need to make an example of the students who go to class drunk. Or better yet, those students whose grades are horrid and are on MASS amounts of drugs. No wait. Those poor students just need counseling right?
It doesn't make any sense!!!!
I'm going to sit here...with my head against the desk...*faceslam*
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