“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.