A Texas honor student with two jobs has been jailed for missing too much school.
Diane Tran, 17, an 11th-grade honor student at Willis High School near Houston, was sent to jail for 24 hours Wednesday by Judge Lanny Moriarty, KHOU 11 News reports.
It’s unclear how many days Tran missed, but state law permits only 10 absences in a six-month period, according to the station.
'All she does is work and go to school.'
- Mary Elliot
Tran works full-time at a dry-cleaning business and part-time for a wedding planner, KHOU reports. She has been supporting her brother and sister since her parents separated and her mother moved away. Tran’s father often works too late to come home, the station reports.
"I can understand if a child is staying out of school, running around, a bad kid, getting into trouble, taking drugs," Mary Elliot, one of Tran's bosses, told ABC News. "I can understand why he would slap them into jail for 24 hours. But Diane doesn't do that. All she does is work and go to school."
Elliot says that Tran is a straight-A student, but that she sometimes oversleeps because of her hectic work schedule, and misses class.
Judge Moriarty told KHOU 11 News that he intended to make an example of Tran.
"If you let one run loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them? Let them go, too?" Moriarty asked the TV station.