Saturday, May 26, 2012

Government Screwels, Again.

Another example of no grace in government. Texas Judge Sentences Honors Student to Jail for Missing School
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.
She's not out partying with friends, not doing drugs, not drinking. Life dealt her a bad hand and she is making the best of it. The school should be asking if there is anything they can do to help.
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.
Why is a judge even involved in this, what have the school officials and her teachers been doing? They have no clue what is going on with her? They can't ask? They don't care?


Kevin said...

She's 17. That's old enough to drop out. If she's an honor student, she could easily test out and get a GED and just get on with her life. That's what I would recommend.

Otto said...

Agreed. That's probably not something that's occurred to her, honor students get diplomas. But it would be the right move.