Trending: Teen Sues Parents for School Tuition, Living Expenses

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By Jason Koestenblatt

Morristown, New Jersey – What obligations do parents have to a teenager on the verge of adulthood?

Rachel Canning, 18, a high school senior is suing her parents. Canning is seeking damages for a supposed outstanding Morris Catholic tuition, future encumbered costs for college tuition, and the resulting legal fees.

Canning, 18, says she was kicked out of her home in October by her parents, according to dailyrecord.com. In the time since, she’s stayed at the home of her best friend Jaime Inglesino in Rockaway Township, the report said. Inglesino’s father, John, is the town attorney for Parsippany-Troy Hills Township.

In the lawsuit, Canning is asking that her parents Sean and Elizabeth Canning pay an outstanding $5,306 tuition bill due to private school Morris Catholic, fund the daughter’s current living and transportation expenses, and commit an existing college fund for their daughter, USA Today reported.

Canning has been accepted to a number of colleges and universities. She’s an honor student at the private school and plays lacrosse there.

Canning’s father, a former Lincoln Park police chief and current Mt. Olive Township administrator, says his daughter may have been encouraged to file the suit by the Inglesinos, and that his daughter was never thrown out of the house; rather, she left on her own last fall, dailyrecord.com reported.

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Ken Briggs March 05, 2014 at 11:12 AM
sorry , just heard that she was in court tuesday over this , but got to wait til next court date . hopeher boyfriend can support her and her girlfriend take care of her . she needs to go out and get a job and pay her own bills .
Teresa Walton March 05, 2014 at 03:00 PM
To me it sounds like the parents were ineffective and too stubborn to admit they were wrong and change their parenting style before it was too late. The poor parenting probably began in early childhood. Authoritative parents don't seem to have these kids of problems, however, Authoritarian parents often have them. These two styles have similar names, however are quite different approaches. As an educator, I have seen it many times--children who are subject to authoritarian parents never learn how to make correct decisions for themselves. A shame really.
tamarya March 05, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Probably it all started when the parents never told her no. They gave her her wants plus more, they put her first all the time and she thinks as an adult it shouldnt end.
Brian Kari March 05, 2014 at 03:34 PM
she's 18, she made her choices, time to grow up, mommy and daddy don't have to kiss your little b^tt. uhhhhh, just for the fun of it, what did YOU do you little b!tch for your parents. i knew someone just like you, excellent little sex partner, but when you showed your true colors...I ran away as fast as I could. you let your parents off the hook WHEN YOU LEFT. get over it.
Rebecca DeFrees March 06, 2014 at 06:55 AM
Thank heavens I was a parent to my child, not an enabler. Obviously there is a history here of daughter being the boss and the parents her subjects. What a shame. Rules are rules and if they are outrageous or abusive, call Child Services. She is now old enough to get a job and take care of herself so do it.


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