“She goes from job to job to school,” said one of her classmates,
as Timothy Stenovec reports for the Huffington Post. “She stays
up until 7:00 in the morning doing her homework.” The high school
girl, Diane Tran, studies college-level mathematics and advanced-level
Spanish (and presumably has pretty good grades), yet she apparently spent
a night behind bars for missing too many classes.
It’s almost funny if it wasn’t so sad, when most kids get in
trouble for something like
underage drinking, while Tran gets in trouble (and actually spends a night in jail) for
missing too much school.
According to Stenovec’s report, Tran helps support her two siblings
by holding down a full-time job, a part-time job, all while living with
her employers because her parents are divorced and live far away.
“This remarkable young woman doesn’t deserve jail,” said
one supporter, as Stenovec reports. “She deserves a medal.”
But the state in which Tran lives, similar to other states, sends minors
to juvenile court when there are enough unexcused absences from school.
Regarding his decision, the judge said, “If you let one of them
run loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them?”
But there are worse things than a night in jail. Tran will have a criminal
record if the judge continues to throw the book at her, which concerns
her more than anything else.
If you or a loved one is facing juvenile charges, contact a
Baltimore criminal defense lawyer before you talk to police or anyone else.