Truant Student arrested and jailed for 24 hrs in Houston

1)     Student arrested for being truant

Diane Tran—a 17-year-old high school student—was arrested and jailed for being absent from school too many times without permission. Apparently, she is too exhausted to attend school.

Tran—an honor junior taking advanced and honor classes at Willis High school—works 2 jobs to support her 2 siblings including her older brother attending Texas A&M and another younger sister. She was warned by Judge Lanny Moriarty last month to stop missing school.

Explaining the decision to jail Tran and to fine her $100—probably hurting her more than the jail term—Judge Moriarty said “If you let one (truant student) run loose, what are you gonna’ do with the rest of ‘em? Let them go too?”

2)     If you let one (truant student) run loose, what are you gonna’ do with the rest of ‘em?

I must admit this is one interesting question from the Judge. Let’s see…

From 2010 statistics, Houston has total crime rate index of 213, or twice the national average. Its murder risk index is at 235—among the highest in the nation. Its robbery risk index is at 323—thrice the nation average index. It seems like there would be plenty of cases for the judges to get tough on.

According to Houston Chronicle, some Houston-area communities are among 120 cities and counties across the state where 63% (or fewer) of murders are solved.

Go get them, Judge Moriarty. Don’t let one get away!

3)     Where are the parents?

In Houston, 23.5% of population over 25 yrs old did not complete high school.

Diane Tran would make an exemplary role model—working 2 jobs to help her siblings and still taking advanced and honor classes at school. But one must ask where her parents are. From the CBS Houston report, the parents moved away from their children after a divorce. But are they responsible for at least the 17-year-old Diane and her younger sister?

C’mon, Judge Moriarty. Why didn’t you ask where the parents are? Why didn’t you go after the parents?


Ch3 Nguyen

(for more on the story, “Honor Student Supporting Siblings Arrested For Being Too Exhausted For School”, read CBS Houston report)


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