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Jail Time for School-Skipping Teen

She Deserves a Medal

For parents of teenagers, it might be all too tempting to threaten jail time for skipping classes. But for a Texan student, the veiled threat actually came true. 

Honour student Diane was ordered to spend a night in jail after playing hooky for too many classes. The 17 year old, who attends Willis High School, was juggling both a full-time and part-time job in order to help support her younger siblings following her parents' divorce. They no longer live near her, so Tran works at a family-owned wedding venue on weekends.

"She goes from job to job from school," said classmate, Devin Hill. "She stays up until 7:00 in the morning doing her homework."

But in Texas the law is the law. If a student misses ten or more classes in six months, the school has the right to refer the student to a juvenile court. Hence, Tran's arrest and subsequent night in jail. She was also fined $100 for her truancy.

Needless to say, the story's gone viral, with sits like raising over $2,000 to help Tran. A petition at has collected more than 8,000 signatures asking the judge to revoke the teen's fine.

"This remarkable young woman doesn't deserve jail," wrote Letitia Gutierrez on "She deserves a medal."

Do you think the punishment is excessive, given Tran's family situation? Should exceptions be made to truancy laws?