Thousands of dollars raised for teen jailed for missing school

Diane Tran 
By: David Ross 

A group in Louisiana has raised over $70,000 for an honor student, 17-years-old of Texas, who was jailed for skipping school a lot because she works two jobs to support her brother and sister.

Diane Tran, an honor student in grade 11 at Willis High School near Houston, was sent to jail for 24 hours last week by Judge Lanny Moriarty. She was also ordered to pay a fine of $100 for excessively missing school.

It is unclear how many days Tran skipped, but state law allows only 10 absences in a period of six months.
Tran, who works full time at a dry cleaning company and part-time for a wedding planner, has been supporting her brother, sister and her parents, who are separated.

Houston Councilman Al Hoang and others have criticized the judge, saying he should have used discretion in the case of this honor student.