'Abandoned' Teen Sues Parents to Pay Her College Tuition

Monday, 03 Mar 2014 12:11 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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An honors student at a Catholic school in New Jersey who claims she was thrown out of the house when she turned 18 has sued her parents to make them pay for her college tuition.

Claiming "abandonment," cheerleader Rachel Canning filed the lawsuit in state Superior Court in Morristown, appealing for a ruling that will allow her to receive financial support for her education from her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning, the Daily Record in Morristown reported.

Canning, who wants to be a biochemical engineer, has asked to court to order her parents to pay an overdue $5,306 bill from Morris Catholic High School, as well as her living and transport expenses. She also wants access to an existing college fund to pay the tuition fees for one of the several universities which have accepted her.

"We love our child and miss her," Sean Canning told the Daily Record. "This is terrible. It's killing me and my wife. We have a child we want home. We're not Draconian, and now we're getting hauled into court.

"She's demanding that we pay her bills, but she doesn't want to live at home. We're heartbroken, but what do you do when a child says, 'I don't want your rules, but I want everything under the sun and you to pay for it?'"

He said that his daughter would not abide by a set of household rules, including keeping a curfew, doing a few chores, returning items borrowed from her sisters, and ending her relationship with a boyfriend who the parents feel is bad influence.

Admitting that he'd kept his daughter's car that he paid for, the father also said that Rachel, who has been seeing a therapist and is meant to take medication, has been suspended twice at school for disciplinary problems.


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