18-Year-Old Suing Her Parents
A New Jersey cheerleader and honor student is suing her parents to get them to provide financial support and to force them to pay for an outstanding private school bill as well as her college education. Rachel Canning, a student at Morris Catholic High School, claims that her parents cut her off when she turned 18 on Nov. 1 and have refused to pay for her higher education as well as take care of a $5,306 tuition bill at her current school. “My parents have rationalized their actions by blaming me for not following their rules,” Rachel said in court papers. “They stopped paying my high school tuition to punish the school and me and have redirected my college fund, indicating their refusal to afford me an education as a punishment.” Rachel has a $20,000 scholarship to the University of Vermont.
“We’re being sued by our child,” her father, Sean Canning, told CBS New York. “I’m dumbfounded, so is my wife, so are my other daughters. I know Rachel is a) a good kid, b) an incredibly rebellious teen, and she’s getting some terrible information.” He claims she ran away in November because she didn't want to follow house rules. The father of Rachel’s best friend, Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, is helping her with the lawsuit. Rachel is currently staying at his home.
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