Diane Tran online petition now has 31,000 signatures, Texas honor student who was jailed for missing school

By on May 29, 2012 in Education, United States, Weird Comments

The online petition asking a judge to cancel the sentence and fine for Diane Tran, the 11th grade honor student from Willis High School in Texas has now reached to more than 31,000 signatures; while the online donation for her is also pouring.

Diane Tran, 17, Texas honor student, who
was jailed and fined after missing school

Image Credit: KHOU 11 News video

As noted at KHOU 11 News late last week, Judge Lanny Moriarty ordered Diane Tran to spend 24 hours in jail and pay a $100 fine for missing school a couple of times and sometimes arrived in her classes after the attendance has been taken.

According to the report, Tran, 17, has a full-time job, a part-time job and takes advanced placement and dual credit college level courses, and is helping to support an older brother who studies at Texas A&M University and a baby sister who lives with relatives in Houston.

The teenage student, whose parents were divorced and is now only living with the family of one of her employers, told the paper that she is often too exhausted to wake up in time to go to school, with one of her classmates saying that Tran stays up until 7:00 in the morning doing her homework.

Apparently, Texas Education Code 25.0951 law, as posted at Willis Independent School District’s official website says that they “may refer a student to a juvenile court who has absences without excuse of ten days or more or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year.”

Meanwhile, the said petition at Change.org, which was created by Samuel Oh of Mission Hills, California, has 31,016 signatures as of this writing, and the donation at HelpDianeTran.com, a website site set up by the Louisiana Children’s Education Alliance, has now reached to $34,730.

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