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May 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Diane Tran, Honor Student At Texas High School, Jailed For Missing School

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted:  Updated: 05/28/2012 2:32 pm

Diane Tran

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.

After being warned by a judge in April about missing too much school, Tran was arrested in court on Wednesday and required to spend the night in jail, according to the above video from KHOU-11. She has also been fined $100.

Tran's case has spread online, with dozens of news outlets across the country picking up her story., a site set up by the Louisiana Children's Education Alliance in partnership with Anedot and Gatorworks, has raised over $28,000.

A petition at that calls for the judge to revoke the teen's fine and sentencing was approaching 26,000 signatures on Monday afternoon.

"This remarkable young woman doesn't deserve jail," wrote a commenter going by Letitia Gutierrez. "She deserves a medal."

Williams, the KHOU-11 reporter, visited the judge who sent Tran to jail. Watch the video above to hear the judge's reasoning behind the punishment.


  • MamaMandee
    May 28, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    I heard about this on the news :(

  • KaylaMillar
    May 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM
    That's really sad :/(
  • ceciliam
    May 28, 2012 at 6:01 PM


  • Kmakksmom
    May 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    That is sad.

  • Samanthamommy
    May 28, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Woah, sad.

  • KristinRox
    May 28, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Thats absolutely positively ABSURD. That judge needs a swift kick in the ass. 

  • dixiegurl223626
    May 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    That is just aweful!

  • bhwrn1
    by bhwrn1
    May 29, 2012 at 6:59 AM


  • starreyedcutie
    May 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM
    Oh wow
  • TheJerseyGirl
    May 29, 2012 at 8:47 AM

     Our school is all over your a$$ for the kids missing school...I also think its RIDICULOUS considering I also have 2 honor students. If their grades are that high then its none of the schools business. When their germs stop making my kids sick, then the attendance will be better.

    You know what else makes me laugh? I know of teachers who have been out for at least 30 days or more but my kids can only  miss 12. WTH?

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