MORRISTOWN, N.J. — An honor student and athlete who claims her parents threw her out of their home when she turned 18 has taken the highly unusual step of suing them for immediate financial support and to force them to pay for her college education. Rachel Canning, a cheerleader and lacrosse player at Morris Catholic High School who has aspirations to be a biomedical engineer, filed a lawsuit last week in the Family Part of state Superior Court in Morristown that seeks a judge’s declaration that she is nonemancipated and dependent as a student on her parents for support.
That’s her side of the story. Here are her parents:
“We love our child and miss her. 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 and she’s saying, ‘I don’t want to live under your rules,’” Sean Canning said. The father said that he and his wife did stop paying the Morris Catholic tuition and have kept Rachel’s car because they paid for it. The father contended that Rachel moved out because she didn’t want to abide by simple household rules — be respectful, keep a curfew, return “borrowed” items to her two sisters, manage a few chores, and reconsider or end her relationship with a boyfriend the parents believe is a bad influence.“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?’” Canning said, adding that his daughter’s college fund is available to her and not withdrawn or re-allocated, as she has alleged.
Let’s cut through all the bullshit here. This boils down to 1 thing and 1 thing only. The boyfriend. Nothing more, nothing less. But I still don’t know how we got to this point. Like oh a teenager has a problem with her parents rules and dates a kid mom and dad don’t approve of? Umm welcome to the life of every single high school chick on the planet. Since when do you move out and start suing people? This is just something you both live with until she goes off to college and then you start appreciating each other more. Parents have rules, kids disobey them, parents punish you, kids sneak out again and on and on the dance goes. You don’t move out and then sue. I want to say it’s the Pussification of America but I’m not even sure it is because it’s a pretty hardcore move by this chick. It’s just Crazytown that’s all.