Judge Metts truancy court is being featured tonight on FOX 26.
BY: ISIAH CAREY FOX 26 HOUSTON
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HOUSTON – Apparently, this student didn’t think Judge James Metts was serious.
The 17-year-old has been absent from school more times than allowed.
He was in court for the 10th time.
“He’s in contempt of court gentleman take him into custody,” Metts said.
“When you lock somebody in jail they’re a liability but those are the consequences for living under the rule of law,” Metts said.
From the bench in New Caney, Metts is more than just a judge.
He’s a counselor, a mentor, a teacher, and sometimes the parent of the parent.
The judge spends his day hearing case after case in truancy court – he wants to stop trouble before it starts.
“Many, many of the inmates in our prison – their first interaction in the courts are on fail to attend issues – truant issues by not being in school,” Metts said.
That’s why the judge listens to each child’s circumstances.
James Orr came that close to tough love from Metts. He was allowed to walk this time.
Claudia Don Juan didn’t get it so easy. Her son missed so many days; Metts forced her to go to school with him.
Now, her son will never forget it.
“I made him aware of it everyday what I had to go through and walking with him to class until 12,” Don Juan said.
Her son, George Don Juan, is regretting his own actions.
“After everything I saw and what I put her threw that made me feel like that wasn’t worth it,” George said.
Because of Metts’ commitment – he’s jailed dozens of students. But hundreds have returned to school even graduating.
“It brings a smile to my face and I try to encourage them even further,” Metts said.