Filed under “where is the common sense?,” a judge has sentenced a 17-year-old honor student who is also working to support her siblings to a night in jail and to pay a $100 file.
“Diane Tran, a 17-year-old honor student in Texas, was forced to spend the night in jail last week after missing too many classes, KHOU-11’s Sherry Williams reports.”
“The Willis High School junior, who helps support two siblings, has both a full time and part-time job. She said that she’s often too tired to go to school.”
” ‘She goes from job to job from school,” Devin Hill, one of Tran’s classmates, told KHOU-11. “She stays up until 7:00 in the morning doing her homework.’ “
“In an interview with KHOU-11, Tran said she takes AP Spanish, college level algebra and dual credit English and history courses. Her parents divorced and no longer live near her, so she lives with the family that owns the wedding venue where she works on weekends.”
“According to Texas law, if a student has ten or more unexcused absences within a six-month period, the school district may refer the student to a juvenile court. “In such cases, resolution of the issue is entirely in the hands of the court,” reads a statement on the website of the Willis Independent School District.”
This is a case where the government needs to help support this family instead of punishing her. (Or at the very least leave her alone.) She is doing all that can to prepare her mind for the future while helping to support her family today. It’s called common sense!
What do you think?