Texas honor student thrown in jail for missing schoolA

May 26, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: New York Daily News

A 17-year-old high school student working two jobs to support her siblings, while juggling college-level classes, spent 24 hours in jail this week for missing too much school, KHOU 11 News reported .

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John Bailey

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May 27, 2012
 
Which cereal packet did the judge, who sentenced Miss Tran to 24 hours jail, get his licence from?
John Bailey

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May 27, 2012
 
The judge who convicted Miss Tran, should resign from office immediately.He is obviously still living by the rules and thinking of the 1800's. Actually he should be made to resign by the Attorney general. I'd hate to be an innocent man being tried for murder by the judge.
Kate

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May 27, 2012
 
This so called judge will someday be before the Lord GOD for truly RIGHTEOUS Judgement and account for his pathetic life of judging unrighteously. May judge Moriarty hold his head in shame and repentance to the Only Righteous Judge JEHOVAH Almighty . My prayer is Moriarty makes amends for the ADDED hardship to this young womans life that he brought forth.
Cindy

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May 27, 2012
 
The judge is clearly an idiot- I want to know what's going to be done to help the heroic Ms. Tran? Is there perhaps a local fund being started?
Purpleshell

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May 27, 2012
 
Kate wrote:
This so called judge will someday be before the Lord GOD for truly RIGHTEOUS Judgement and account for his pathetic life of judging unrighteously. May judge Moriarty hold his head in shame and repentance to the Only Righteous Judge JEHOVAH Almighty . My prayer is Moriarty makes amends for the ADDED hardship to this young womans life that he brought forth.
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This so called judge needs to be recalled. This young women's record needs to be exsponged. She does not deserve to be left with a criminal record.
Tmoon

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May 27, 2012
 
I have no ideal why Judge Moriarty would conduct his court in such a heartless manner. There is the letter of the law and the intent of the law. If each court decision was upheld by the letter of the law we would all be in jail. Judge Moriarty has conducted himself in a manner that brings shame to all of Texas. I hope he will do the right thing and correct this mistake. If not he should be impeached.
Steve Mashburn

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May 28, 2012
 

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OPEN LETTER
TO THE WILLIS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

I saw the news video on the little 17 year-old-honor student. At first I thought, "Well, there's another example of the courts interfering in things they know nothing about."

Of course, I know there are attendance laws (and for good reason). However, laws are to be administered with a degree of common sense. Why wasn't this matter referred to juvenile court - your law clearly gives that option to you.

Your self-serving justification on your website indicates to me that you are more concerned with your public image and covering your tail than you are with the needs of students.

Judge Lanny Moriarty's statement that "one little night in jail" is not the end of the world infuriates me as nothing else has in years. He should be very glad that there is no law for stupid else he would be looking at a sentence of thirty years.

His concern, apparently the school system's as well, is that if "you let one run around loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them?" is not based upon fact and is a direct expression of "doing school the way we have always done school" -- children are merely widgets to be stamped out in cookie cutter fashion.

As professional educators, surely you are aware that every major study of the last 75 years has shown the American high school to be less than ideal. The educational goal for the 21st century has to be student mastery of standards not minutes in a seat.

I dare say, that this little 17 year-old-girl, by virtue of her class load and academic success, in spite of great personal and family issues, "knows" more than the majority of the students you are giving diplomas to this year.

Yes, I know you have to follow the law. I also know you have the right - and the duty - to be a friend of the court. It is obvious this judge is not knowledgeable about education and the needs of youth. He is no expert on education -- but the school district is. Where where you?

As punishment for your failure to be an advocate of educational reform and of this child in particular, I think the superintendent, Dr. Jimerson, should spend one night in jail. One little old night won't hurt anyone. Might do him some good.
chris miranda

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May 29, 2012
 
That judge has no heart n is ridiculous for doing that to her shes doing everything she can. The judge should face consequences.
Laurence Topliffe

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May 29, 2012
 

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Research has proven that Republicans' brain have a gap where there is little to no functioning. It's an area that shows feelings of empathy. I would bet that this judge is a Republican but the rest of his brain also seems to not be functioning, too. He is unfit to be a judge.
Gary Willis

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May 29, 2012
 
Please ask the judge to move to another town and stop doing stuff like this in a town with my name.
There is often more to a story than is immediately reported, but this really looks stupid.
WAYNE ROBERTS

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May 30, 2012
 
DIANE TRAN UPDATE: AS OF THIS A.M. 215,991 PEOPLE HAVE SIGN THE PETITION. PEOPLE FROM 46 STATES AND 11 COUNTRIES HAVE DONATED $75,890.
I CHECKED WITH A FRIEND WHO WORKS WITH TRUANTS IN A LARGE SCHOOL DISTRICT. SHE LAUGHED WHEN I ASK HER IF THEY SENT THE NAMES OF STUDENTS TO A JUDGE AFTER THEY MISSED 10 DAYS OF SCHOOL. THEY WORK WITH THE CHILDREN, NOT PUT THEM IN THE JAIL.
THEIR EXPLANATION OF THE TRUANCY LAW ON THEIR WEB SITE IS OBLIVIOUSLY AN ATTEMPT TO JUSTIFY THEIR ACTIONS TO COVER YOUR POLICY.
QUESTION: WHAT IS THE PUNISHMENT TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IF THEY DO NOT SEND THE NAMES TO A COURT? ANSWER: NONE (UNLESS A COURT ISSUE AN INJUNCTION AND THEN THEY REFUSE TO OBEY THE COURT).
I HAD MY SON (GRADUATED FROM U.T. LAW WITH HONORS AND SCORED IN THE TOP 0.68% ON HIS BAR EXAM) TRY TO FIND THE TIMES THAT A JUDGE HAS ISSUED SUCH AN INJUNCTION. AGAIN: ZERO.
ARE THEY AFRAID OF THEIR SHADOW TOO?

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