Just as I suspected that we weren't getting the entire story, and only the emotional story.
This story, from a "biased" source ironically, pernts out that it is Texas law and teachers are mandated to follow certain procedures regarding that law. That was a pretty big piece that the first story conveniently left out!
Diane Tran, Honor Student At Texas High School, Jailed For Missing School
The school district policy regarding truancy, including the legal proceeding and what teachers are to follow.
Willis Independent School District
I'm fine with the school referring it to juvenile court. I wish there was some way they could have gotten personally involved to avoid it. But once the case came before the court, the court could have looked at the mitigating circumstances which is where I have my problem.
Are you advocating the court treat this girl the exact same way the court would treat a truant who is failing classes and missing school to sling dope? You advocate mandatory sentences? When the court hands down judgements they usualky have discretion based on the circumstances, especially when it comes to juveniles.
I really must be missing something here...or maybe I'm not.
I'm sorry Spider I meant to make a supporting connection between mandatory sentencing and your point on courts' seeing things in black and white terms. I forgot. And for the record I agree with your comments. As always they are reasonable.
I never thought I'd see the day that two career LE professionals are arguing the system let this criminal (truant :rolleyes:) down while hang 'em high BanBasket argues all criminals should be sentenced the same. (Tongue in cheek ban.)
Never any apology necesary, pm, but thanks.
I will say this: in legal proceedings (and why I asked all of you my initial question) I "advocate" two things: (1) following of the rule of law and (2) closely related to #1 that everyone get equal treatment under the law. I am fairly certain that the kid who is truant and not as "upstanding" as this girl is wouldn't get a break in the system, and this girl shouldn't either. Fair is fair under the law, right? No one should get better treatment under the law, right?
I'm being sarcastic, but what I mean to say is that consideration or extenuating circumstances may lead to fairer justice, although it might not appear to be strictly equal.