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NJ honor student appears in court after suing parents for tuition

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. (PIX11/AP) — A northern New Jersey honor student is suing her parents for financial support and to force them to pay for her college.

A judge in Morristown family court held a hearing Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by 18-year-old Rachel Canning.

teen sues parents

Rachel Canning, 18, appeared in a Morristown family courtroom Tuesday after suing her parents for the right to remain their dependent to avoid education and living costs.

Canning claims her parents threw her out of their Lincoln Park home when she turned 18.

Canning’s father, retired Lincoln Park police Chief Sean Canning, tells The Daily Record of Parsippany that his daughter voluntarily left home in October because she didn’t want to abide by reasonable household rules, such as being respectful, keeping a curfew and doing some chores.

Parents of teen

Sean and Elizabeth Canning said in court documents that their daughter Rachel had a history of disciplinary problems including theft, underage drinking, breaking curfew, lying to Child Protective Services and more.

She’s been living in Rockaway Township with the family of her best friend. The newspaper reports that the friend’s father, former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, is funding the lawsuit.

According to court documents, Canning claims that her parents abused her both physically and emotionally before kicking her out of the house and cutting off tuition during the middle of the school year.

Rachel Canning Facebook

Rachel Canning, 18, is suing her parents for college tuition and housing (Photo/Facebook).

The lawyer for parents Sean and Elizabeth Canning, Laurie Rush-Masuret, flatly denied the abuse allegations in court and claimed that Rachel’s parents tried to invite her back into the home as long as she followed certain ground rules.  Rush-Masuret said that Rachel refused in an email, saying she would not come home so long as she wasn’t able to see her boyfriend.

Canning is suing her parents claiming she is un-emancipated as a student, despite being 18 years old, and seeks tuition payment for the last year of her Catholic high school, living and transportation costs, legal fees and a college tuition fund.

7 comments

  • scallywagy

    Daddy used to get me drunk, kiss me, turned me into an emotional wreck bulimic??

    Does the story get any more diabolical? Then the parents refuting that none of this true, and that the daughter tried to set her father up with a new woman and that she was breaking curfews, hanging out with her boyfriend into the wee hours….

    Is this really a lawsuit for financial support or a battle cry for a lost soul?? Who do we believe ???
    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/03/rachel-ca

  • HEY PIX11

    SPOILED LITTLE BITCH! LOL IF HER BEST FRIEND'S DAD IS SOOO GOOD ! HAVE HIM PAY FOR SCHOOL AND W.E ELSE SHE WANTS AND NEEDS……. IF HE HAS THE MONEY FOR THIS LAWYERS TIME,,, THEN HE SHOULD HAVE IT FOR THE SCHOOL…. BABYGIRL YOUR 18 *LEGAL,YOUNG ADULT,ON YOUR OWN* WHERE THE FUCK YOU THINK YOUR GOING TO GET THIS OFF ? LMAO

  • Fred

    I see a ungrateful young woman who will live to regret this in the long run. She may come home one day( I hope) but she must know the damage done may never be repaired.his father and mother are doing the right thing and I support them all of the way. Her friends family should have stayed out of this, how dare this family interfere and give this child false hope.

  • Michelle

    Every parent Should let their Daughter at especially the age of 18 let her live her life and enjoy it while shes young she just wants to enjoy her life before she gets old its not much to ask just cause u kick her out doesnt mean u stop supporting her financially its Disgusting if she does something stupid let her do it she'll learn the hardway when she hits rock bottom

  • John Andrews

    Hey Bitch walk the streets looking for a job.Your a Fucking Idiot doing this to your parents.When the ass you are with now loses money,guess who is paying him back.Hope you live in poverty since your a selfish twat.

  • Merica!

    When I see this I shake my head, there is no requirement for a parent to pay for school.
    This is obviously a broken family and should be a private matter, my guess is the daughter and her friends father (kind of creepy) ensured it would hit the news for support.
    If anything, I see parents at the end of their rope while trying to raise their daughter and decided she needed some important life lesions. What did the daughter do? Sued them.
    I can only hope that the American 'justice' uses common sense and dismisses the case.

  • Jennifer Martin

    What a horrible student! Hopefully the case is going to be dismissed. For the student I have only one advice: Honor your parents and go to work to earn money yourself.

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