Gary: Seventee-year-old Diane Tran has a heavy load at Willis High, in Willis, Texas.
Diane Tran: Dual-credit U.S. history, dual-credit English, college algebra, Spanish AP.
Gary: The honors student also has a heavy load after school. She works part-time at a wedding venue, and full-time at a dry cleaners. She does all this to help support her older brother and younger sister.
“She goes from job to job from school. She stays up ’til 7 o’clock in the morning.”
Gary: Carrying that load is taking its toll. In April, a judge warned Diane to stop missing so much school. But recently, she missed school again. So, the judge ordered her to spend 24-hours in jail.
It is not clear how many school days the exhausted 11th grader has missed. But according to Texas state law, if a student has more than ten unexcused absences over six months, the school can file a complaint in court. The judge says too many young people don’t take school seriously, so he is making an example out of Tran.
Montgomery County representative: If you let one of them run loose, what are you gonna do with the rest of them. Let them go too? A little stay at the jail for one night is not a death sentence.
Gary: Gary Hamilton, Channel One News.