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Update: Texas Judge Dismisses Charges Against Honors Student Sent to Jail for Missing School

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The 11th-grade Texas honors student thrown in jail for repeatedly missing school had her charges rescinded Wednesday, clearing the way for the incident to be expunged from her record, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Justice of the Peace Lanny Moriarty signed an order vacating the contempt of court charges against 17-year-old Diane Tran after sentencing her to a night in jail and ordering her to pay $100 for excessive truancy last week.

Tran gained national attention after she gave a teary interview to KHOU-TV in which she said her parents had divorced and moved away, leaving her to work two jobs to support herself and her siblings on top of a heavy course load. She told the station she didn't want to miss school, but was sometimes simply too exhausted to attend in the mornings.

“She goes from job to job, from school she stays up ’til 7 o’clock in the morning doing her homework,” Tran’s friend Devin Hill told KHOU.

Tran was first summoned to court for her excessive truancy in April and was warned against missing any more school. When she went before Moriarty again a month later, she didn't reveal any of her personal struggles, the Chronicle reported:

[H]er attorney, Brian Wice, said Tran was under an incredible amount of pressure from working two jobs and was unsure what to tell the court.

"She is not someone unwilling to come to class because she's attending a rock concert," Wice said. "She's an incredible gal who is working and studying sometimes 24 hours a day and contributing to her siblings' support more than a teenager should have a right to do."

Moriary, who had said he intended to make an example out of Tran, was heavily criticized for not using more discretion in the case.

According to the Chronicle, the Internet fund drive HelpDianeTran.com has reportedly raised $100,000 from 49 states and 18 countries to help support her.

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