by Sherry Williams_KHOU 11 News
CONROE, Texas – A Montgomery County judge has dismissed contempt charges against a 17-year-old honor student at Willis High School.
The law is clear: students between the ages of 12 and 18 cannot miss more than 10 days of school in a six-month period.
KHOU 11 News talked to Montgomery County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts, who said he’s received thank-you notes from parents and students who’ve been on the wrong side of the law with the county’s tough-love truancy policy.
Metts said it all depends on the factors in the case.
Wice said there was a third-party fund collecting money -- purportedly for Tran -- but noted that he and his client have no control over it. He did say, however, that any money Tran does receive will be donated to someone less fortunate than she.
Diane Tran, an 11th-grade student at
It's unclear how many days Tran missed, but state law reportedly permits only 10 absences in a six-month period.
Tran, who works full-time at a dry-cleaning business and part-time for a wedding planner, has been supporting her brother and sister since her parents separated and her mother moved away.
Since the girl's story went viral, hundreds of people have rallied to raise money for the teen, including one group, Louisiana Children's Education Alliance, which said Wednesday it had raised more than $70,000 for Tran.
The group, which created the website HelpDianeTran.com, has received donations from 47 states and 13 foreign countries for the girl.
"I think this story of a student who's obviously working so hard and is being taken advantage of by the system just touches your heart strings and it affects a lot of people," the group's president, Charlie Davis, said Wednesday in an interview with FOX News.
"I think Diane unfortunately is at the center of two failed systems in
Tran, who is considered an adult under
She was arrested in open court and ordered to spend 24 hours at the Montgomery County Jail for truancy, which is considered a misdemeanor.
The ruling came after the teenager was issued a warning by a judge last month about her absences.
Group raises more than $70G for