NJ honor student sues parents for kicking her out of the house

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LINCOLN PARK, N.J. (PIX11/AP) — A northern New Jersey honor student who claims her parents threw her out of their home when she turned 18 last year is now suing them.

The Daily Record of Parsippany says Morris Catholic High School senior Rachel Canning filed her lawsuit last week.

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A New Jersey honor student is suing her parents for college education funds after they kicked her out of the house. (Photo/Facebook)

Canning is seeking immediate financial support and wants to force her parents to pay for her college education. She also wants a judge to declare that she’s non-emancipated and dependent as a student on her parents for support.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Tuesday.

Canning’s father, retired Lincoln Park Police Chief Sean Canning, told the newspaper that his daughter’s claims are not accurate. He says she voluntarily left home in October.

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

“We love our child and miss her. This is terrible. It’s killing me and my wife,” Sean Canning told the Daily Record. “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, and she’s saying, ‘I don’t want to live under your rules.’”

Rachel Canning is suing for $5,306 to cover the remaining tuition owed to her private Catholic high school, as well as money to cover housing, transportation and college tuition.  She is currently staying with a friend, whose family has paid $12,597 in legal costs, according to the paper.  Her next family court appearance is set for Tuesday.


  • scallywagy

    One can't help wonder if the parents are to blame for installing what many perceive to be the daughter's self entitled view. Of note is why is her interim carer funding her legal fees and why are they willing to risk the daughter's relationship with the family by going over their head? Most individuals would be forced to fend for themselves, go to a state college or get a job and yet here's Rachel Canning getting another financial boost to pursue what many would wonder is way off bounds. What happened to respecting to family's wishes under their house and teenager's attitude towards their parents …?

  • Guest 182

    This would have never happened if the parents would have, "spared the rod and beat the child" when she was younger! I don't mean spank her every time she acted out. Give time outs or take away privileges and let them earn it back as every bad behavior has a different level of punishment, duh! I see this all the time, when most parents see their kid acting out and throwing tantrums; most parents think its cute/funny or they ignore the child when they really should be correcting the bad behavior when the kid is young. Fact is being a parent isn't easy and kids can push parents too their limits but as a parent you know how you're child is and you help guide them and find a way for them to accept and deal with their problems. She was once the apple of their eye and she could do no wrong. They spoiled and enabled her to the point where she turn into a monster! Let this be a lesson to all those over indulgencing parents, this could be you!! Hope their family isn't torn apart over this!

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