New Jersey Parents: "We're Being Sued By Our Child"
MORRIS PLAINS, New Jersey -- High school honor student and cheerleader is suing her own parents. The teen claims they threw her out and are now making her foot the bill for college.
"We're being sued by our own child. I am dumbfounded. So is my wife and other daughters," father Sean Canning said.
His daughter, Rachel, is an an honor student and cheerleader at Morris Catholic High School in New Jersey. In court papers, Rachel alleges her parents abandoned her when she turned 18 and are now refusing to pay for her to go to college, despite the fact she's gotten acceptance letters from several universities.
Her father tells a different story.
"I know Rachel is A) a good kid and B) an incredibly rebellious teen, and she's getting some terrible information," Canning said.
He claims she ran away in November because she didn't want to follow house rules.
"Living in our house there, [are] is very few rules," Canning said. "There are minor chores. Curfews... When I say curfew, it is after 11 o'clock at night."
Rachel is staying with her best friend's family, attorney John Inglesino. He is funding the lawsuit and says it 's the only way the bright and focused teen will be able to go to a college appropriate for her to become a bio medical engineer.
Rachel, who has a $20,000 scholarship, says the University of Vermont is her first choice.
Rachel says she didn't run away, but was given the option of dumping her boyfriend or leaving home.
Both sides will be in court on Tuesday. Rachel Canning wants the court not to emancipate her because under the law a parent has an obligation support their children if they can't stand on their own financially.