A couple of facts the judge was aware of: their parents left her to raise her younger sister. She maintains excellent grades, works both a full-time and part-time job, and takes care of her sister. Attendance is important, but so are individual circumstances. The judge could have used other means to enforce the point and be less destructive, but he chose to use this girl to make a point about truancy. What an idiot.
"If you let one run loose, what are you gonna' do with the rest of 'em?," said Judge Lanny Moriarty. "Let them go too? A little stay in the jail for one night is not a death sentence."He's too dumb to differentiate between a girl doing the best she can and a mall rat skipping chemistry to smoke dope. Tell me again why this man belongs on the bench.
Diane Tran is a young hero who has taken on more than many adults would. She deserves compassion and understanding, and instead she got a lesson in what it's like to be kicked when you're already down.