A story which is going viral and international is Diane Tran‘s. Without duplicating the now 1000s of news articles about her, I’ll tackle this story in 2 ways.
Some of the many many links:
- Texas honor student jailed for missing too much school – very short summary of it all
- Honour student who works two jobs to support her siblings after her parents split up and left town is put in JAIL for missing school due to exhaustion – how others view America
- 德州榮譽高中生陳黛安 缺課判坐牢 – in Chinese, if that helps anyone
- Honor student placed in jail for tardiness and truancy at school, People across the country offer help to honor student jailed for truancy – KHOU’s coverage which is regular and ongoing
- Overworked Texas Honor Student Jailed For Truancy By Overzealous Judge, honor student thrown in jail for missing school – 2 takes on the story with their unique voices
In case you’re too lazy to click, 11th grade, 17-year old Diane Tran is an honor student at Willis High School in Texas and works a full-time job, a part-time job and takes multiple AP (advanced placement) and dual credit college level courses. Her parents divorced and moved away without notice a few months ago and she tries to support her brother & Texas A&M and sister in another city. she couldn’t pay the fine. It’s possible she should have been notified of her right to an attorney but wasn’t. Local rules for Justice of the Peace cases in Fort Worth, Tarrant County says the accused is not entitled to a court-appointed attorney as a matter of law when charged with a fine-only offense. Local rules for Montgomery County Justice of the Peace courts state the same. Anyways, Judge Lanny Moriarty decided to put her in jail. She missed a final while she was in jail.
As Asians know, filial duty is one of our most important goals. This wayward judge needs to have his justice checked. Actions we can take:
- start an official fund for donations for her – the Louisana Children’s Education Alliance setup both Facebook Page and http://www.helpdianetran.com/ thus by neither the family nor Diane’s employer who’ve stated they’re exploring setting up their own fund after Thursday. Anedot’s founder has personally reached out to us to note that the LCEA will be handing over all donations minus the card processing fees to a trust fund being setup for Diane whose details are thusfar unknown. We’ve no update on how the such fund will be administered or disimbursed.
- Lanny Moriarty, Justice of the Peace (Precinct 1): Revoke the fine and sentencing of honors student Diane Tran – call for change to the laws to balance the aggravating and mitigating factors so the punishment fits the situation not make an example of one; you can even call the judge’s office at 936-788-8374; community service is a far more common punishment for this not jail time; justice of the peace thing in Texas needs to be more realistic.
- publicize this blog post on your Facebook
– Richard Chen