Diane Tran, the Texas honor student who was jailed last week for missing too much school, will not have to worry about telling future employers or college admissions offices that she has a criminal history.
Lanny Moriarty, the judge who ordered the 17-year-old to go to jail after more than ten unexcused school absences, has set aside the contempt of court order he entered last week, according to Tran’s lawyer, Brian Wice.
“She can now truthfully say that she doesn’t have a criminal history,” Wice told The Huffington Post by phone on Wednesday afternoon. He added that he’s now going to find a lawyer to expunge the record.
Tran, a junior at Willis High School who takes AP and college level courses, works both full and part-time jobs to help support herself and two siblings, according to KHOU-11. She sometimes misses class because she’s so tired from work.
“She goes from job to job from school,” Devin Hill, one of Tran’s classmates, told KHOU-11 last week. “She stays up until 7:00 in the morning doing her homework.”
Her story resonated across the country and throughout the world. Nearly $100,000 in donations have come in from 49 states and 18 countries, according to HelpDianeTran.com, a site established in part by the Louisiana Children’s Education Alliance (LCEA), a non-profit that focuses on education reform.
“We read the story and our hearts just broke thinking about what this girl had gone through,” Charlie Davis, the president and founder of the LCEA, told HuffPost. “At same time we were infuriated that she’d become a victim of both the public education system and the judicial system, and we wanted to do something to help her, to show her some support.”
Davis stressed that 100 percent of the money donated outside of the credit card processing fees will be donated to Tran, and said that he’s hoping to give the money to the high school junior next week.
Meanwhile, 240,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org calling on the judge to “to cancel her fine and sentencing.”
“I don’t think anybody could have conceived of any script where this is the ultimate outcome in the third act,” Wice, Tran’s lawyer, told HuffPost. “The outcome of support has been, in a word, overwhelming. I know that Diane is beyond grateful.”