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Video: Judge Sentences Diane Tran, Honor Student, to Jail for Missing School

| by Michael Allen

17-year-old honor student Diane Tran was recently fined and sent to jail for missing school by Judge Lanny Moriarty (video below).

However, Tran is not your typical truant teen. She works two jobs [wedding venue and dry cleaning] and takes advanced placement and dual credit courses at Willis High School in Willis, Texas.

Some mornings, Tran is too tired to make it to school on time; other days, she misses classes.

Tran was warned by Judge Moriarty in April not to miss any more school, but when she missed school again last week, he sentenced her to 24 hours behind bars and a $100 fine.

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This judge looked an inmate square in the eyes and did something that left the entire courtroom in tears:

Judge Moriarty told KHOU-TV: “If you let one of ‘em run loose, what are you gon’ do with the rest of ‘em, let them go too?”

Tran is working to support an older brother, who attends Texas A&M University, and a younger sister, ever since her parents got divorced and left the state.

Judge Moriarty told KHOU-TV that maybe he could have been more lenient, but hadn’t considered reversing the sentence.