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NJ Teen Sues Parents After Moving Out Over Rules

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A high school senior in New Jersey, now 18 and an honor student, is suing her parents because they refuse to pay for the rest of her Catholic high school education and for college in the fall.

The girl claims she was kicked out of the house.

Now, she wants the court to order her parents to support her.

"It's going to be tough, it's going to be tough for me and my wife," said Sean Canning, Rachel's father.

Sean Canning says it's tearing his family apart.

His 18-year-old daughter, Rachel left home last year and is now suing him to pay for her living expenses and her college education.

"Are there privileges to living under my roof and my rules? Yeah, private schools, new car, college education, yeah, that's what comes with living under our roof," Canning said.

Canning is a retired police chief who says like many other American households, his household has rules. But he says Rachel chose to leave home in a dispute over curfews and chores.

Rachel is an honor student at Morris Catholic High School and is living in Rockaway, New Jersey with her best friend and their family, whom Canning says is bankrolling the lawsuit.

"We would be whole and healed as a family if you were back home. I think she's being enabled, I think she's being steered down the wrong area and it's killing us, it really is," Canning said.

People Eyewitness News spoke with didn't quite see two sides to this story.

"I think my house, my rules, you know, there's a respect there," one woman said.

"It's his rules, your father's rules, and you stay home. If you can't, then you move on," a man said.

"I feel kind of bad for her, but I also feel kind of bad for the parents," a young woman said.

The lawsuit was filed in family court last week. Neither Rachel nor her attorney was available for comment. Both sides are expected to appear in court Tuesday. It will be the first time Sean Canning will see his daughter since October of last year.


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