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Honor student who sued parents returns home

Posted by on Mar. 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM
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ROSELAND, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey honor student who sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home has reunited with them.

The lawyer representing Rachel Canning's parents said in a statement Wednesday that the 18-year-old's return is not contingent on any financial or other considerations, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported (http://bit.ly/1fq6r3x ).

A judge last week denied the teen's request for child support and to have her parents pay her remaining high school tuition. But the judge scheduled an April court date to consider the over-arching question of whether the Cannings are obligated to financially support their adult daughter.

State Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard sounded skeptical of some of the claims in the lawsuit, saying it could lead to teens "thumbing their noses" at their parents, leaving home and then asking for financial support.

"Are we going to open the gates for 12-year-olds to sue for an Xbox? For 13-year-olds to sue for an iPhone?" he asked. "We should be mindful of a potentially slippery slope."

Canning had left her parents' house on Oct. 30, two days before she turned 18 after a tumultuous stretch during which her parents separated and reconciled and the teen began getting into uncharacteristic trouble at school.

In court filings, Canning's parents, retired Lincoln Park police Chief Sean Canning and his wife, Elizabeth, said their daughter voluntarily left home because she didn't want to abide by reasonable household rules, such as being respectful, keeping a curfew, doing a few chores and ending a relationship with a boyfriend her parents say is a bad influence. They say that shortly before she turned 18, she told her parents that she would be an adult and could do whatever she wanted.

She said in her lawsuit that her parents are abusive, contributed to an eating disorder she developed and pushed her to get a basketball scholarship. They say they were supportive, helped her through the eating disorder and paid for her to go to a private school where she would not get as much playing time in basketball as she would have at a public school.

Rachel Canning had been living in Rockaway Township with the family of her best friend. The friend's father, former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, was paying for the lawsuit.

Attorney Angelo Sarno said that a news conference will be held outside the firm's office in Roseland at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 12, 2014 at 2:07 PM
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Lets hope she has learned from this and isn't still on her little self entitled trip and doesn't attempt to keep taking her parents down that road.

She should be ashamed of herself.

MeAndTommyLee
by Angie on Mar. 12, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Suing for an XBox?  Yep, it could and would happen.  

Whether this brat went home voluntarily is up for conjecture.  

candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Probably didn't feel she had a choice after what the Judge said.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Suing for an XBox?  Yep, it could and would happen.  

Whether this brat went home voluntarily is up for conjecture.  


MeAndTommyLee
by Angie on Mar. 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Good.  And the family that supported her leaving her parents home are idiots.  Guess they let her do whatever she wanted.  Good parents don't allow children to run their households.

Quoting candlegal:

Probably didn't feel she had a choice after what the Judge said.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Suing for an XBox?  Yep, it could and would happen.  

Whether this brat went home voluntarily is up for conjecture.  


candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I agree

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Good.  And the family that supported her leaving her parents home are idiots.  Guess they let her do whatever she wanted.  Good parents don't allow children to run their households.

Quoting candlegal:

Probably didn't feel she had a choice after what the Judge said.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Suing for an XBox?  Yep, it could and would happen.  

Whether this brat went home voluntarily is up for conjecture.  



sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

 


 

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Rachel Canning had been living in Rockaway Township with the family of her best friend. The friend's father, former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, was paying for the lawsuit.


This idiot needs to be charged with custodial interference

JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Mar. 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM
She is very fortunate that they allowed her to return. I have no doubt that if I'd pulled a stunt like that I wouldn't have been allowed to return home.
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Avarah
by Member on Mar. 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM
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This was my thought, too. That the public opinion was very hard on the family who supported her in this stupidity, so hopefully they've rethought supporting this obnoxious brat against her parents.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Good.  And the family that supported her leaving her parents home are idiots.  Guess they let her do whatever she wanted.  Good parents don't allow children to run their households.

Quoting candlegal:

Probably didn't feel she had a choice after what the Judge said.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Suing for an XBox?  Yep, it could and would happen.  

Whether this brat went home voluntarily is up for conjecture.  



Mommabearbergh
by on Mar. 12, 2014 at 3:16 PM
I think she realized that this would blow up in her face
VooDooB
by Emerald Member on Mar. 12, 2014 at 4:05 PM

All I have to say to that is a very childish:

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