Texas Honors Student Jailed for Missing School to Support Family
17-year-old honor student, Diane Tran was jailed last week after missing too many classes.
The junior high student, who takes AP classes and maintains high grades in school, also holds a full-time and a part-time job to support her siblings.
“She goes from job to job from school,” Devin Hill, one of Tran’s classmates explained. “She stays up until 7:00 in the morning doing her homework.”
Tran’s parents divorced and abandoned their kids, leaving Tran to help support her brother who goes to Texas A&M and a younger sister who lives with relatives in Houston.
With her heavy workload, Tran missed a few days in school. Unfortunately, according to Texas law, if a student has ten or more unexcused absences within a certain period, the school may take the student to juvenile court. The school did exactly that, and the judge ordered Tran to spend a night in jail and pay a fine of $100.
Tran’s story has gone viral online, raising money and support for the teen. In fact, a Change.org proposal gained over 11,000 signatures in support of this incredible teen.
“This remarkable young woman doesn’t deserve jail,” one of the Change.org commenters said. “She deserves a medal.”
Watch more about this amazing teen’s story below.