High school honor student suing parents for college tuition

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MORRIS PLAINS, NJ – A 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. Her dad says it’s not true.

Rachel Canning is an an honor student and cheerleader at Morris Catholic High School in New Jersey. In court papers she alleges her parents abandoned when she turned 18 and are now refusing to pay for her to go to college. This is 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.” said Sean Canning.

He claims she ran away in November because she didn’t want to follow house rules.

“Living in our house. It is very few rules, there are minor chores, curfews. When I say curfew it is after 11pm.” said Sean Canning.

Rachel did not want to be interviewed She is staying with her best friend’s family attorney and freeholder John Inglesino. He is funding the lawsuit, telling CBS 2 News, “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.

Reporter: “Are you refusing to pay for her college education?”

Father Sean Canning: “I reject that question on that, the whole premise. We have a college fund available, but it is the equivalent of shopping at a high end and sending us The bill.”

Rachel says she didn’t run away but was given the option of dumping her boyfriend or getting out.

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.

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