Diane Tran Petition Reaches 20,000 Signatures
The clamors for Judge Lanny Moriarty in the State of Texas to lift its decision for Diane Tran have been building with recent update on the petition at Change.org reaching 20,000 signatures as of May 28, 2012.
Diane Tran is a 17-year-old honor high school student in Texas who was ordered to spend 24 hours in jail and pay a $100 fine when she missed her classes last week as reported by Khou.com based in Houston, Texas.
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.
Tran reasoned out her part-time works for missing her classes. She said she is working very hard to support her siblings – an older brother who is attending his school at Texas A&M University and a baby sister who lives with her relatives in Houston.
Unfortunately, she is forced to do this because her parents have divorced and both moved away, leaving her in Willis.
Currently, Diane Tran lives with the family of one of her employers who own a wedding venue where she works at the Vineyard of Waverly Manor on weekends and at a dry cleaners full time.
Devin Hill, a friend, co-worker and classmate, described Tran’s persistence and fighting spirit saying: “She goes from job to job, from school she stays up ‘til 7 o’clock in the morning,”
Letitia Gutierrez commented saying: “This remarkable young woman doesn’t deserve jail. She deserves a medal. She has done what her parents failed to do– stepped in and supported her family when the parents abandoned the children.
Throwing her in jail is lunacy. If anything, her parents are the ones who should be facing jail time for creating the situation that has caused this young woman to be in this position at all. Judge Moriarty is out of line for throwing her in jail to “make an example” of her. In truth, Diane Tran is an example of the best parts of this country, where people work hard and do the right thing. Revoke her fine and sentencing NOW.”
Aside from the petition at Change.org, a project to raise money for Diane Tran has been set up by Louisiana Children’s Education Alliance at helpdianetran.com. As of this writing, the project has accumulated $27,035.
Below is a video of the news report from KHOU11 News: