Teen Sues Her Parents After She Says They Threw Her Out

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DENVILLE, N.J. – (WHNT) A New Jersey teen says her parents threw her out of the house. Now the high school honor student is suing them for financial support and college tuition.

Rachel Canning claims that her parents threw her out of the house when she turned 18. Canning want the judge to “declare her as non-emancipated and dependent as a student on her parents for support,” according to The Daily Record and our news partners at AL.com.

Canning is a cheerleader and lacrosse player at Morris Catholic High School. She is asking her parents to settle a $5,306 outstanding debt for private school. She also wants them to pay for her current living situation (she lives with her best friend whose father is representing her as her attorney) and travel expenses. She wants her parents to pay her college tuition as well. She has already been accepted to several colleges.

This is not the whole story, though. Canning’s parents say they did not just throw her out because she is 18. They say they threw her out because she would not follow her parents’ rules. Her father says he did stop paying her high school tuition, and he says he took away the car he bought her. Canning says she is being punished. Her father says otherwise.

“”We love our child and miss her,’ he said to The Daily Record. ‘This is terrible. It’s killing me and my wife. We have a child we want home. We’re not Draconian and now we’re getting hauled into court. She’s demanding that we pay her bills but she doesn’t want to live at home and she’s saying, ‘I don’t want to live under your rules.'”

Read the full story on The Daily Record website.

What do you think about this case? Is Rachel Canning right for suing her parents after they threw her out, or are her parents justified in their “punishment?” Leave your comments on our Facebook. We’ll share some of those in our News Pulse at 9.


  • Lisa Giovino

    I think she sounds like a spoiled brat…She is like a lot of other teenagers who want what they want and think they should have it. They want to do what they want without any rules whatsoever. They need to know there are rules and consequences. This is ridiculous. I grew up knowing there were rules in my parents house and I was to live by those rules as long as I lived there. I also was to respect my parents and the home. Teenagers today think they are the head of the households…It is wrong.

  • Angela Held

    I Think Her Parents Is In The Right. And The Young Lady Should Be Thankful To Have Parents Who Is There And Was There For Her / Her Whole Life. But If She Is Not Welling To Follow There Rules. And Respect Them. Then She Is The One With the Problem. There Are Young Children Across This World Who Would Love To Have Her Parents And There Love.. Looks Like To Me They Spoiled Her A Little To Much. And Now They Are Trying To Do What They Feel Is Right By Her And All She Can Think About Is Money For This And Money For That.
    My Parents Mean More To Me Than Any Money. Or Schools.
    Grow Up Child. Show Your Parents That They Have Done Well In Raising You. For I Am Sure They Have. God Bless You And Your Family.

  • Guest

    As a young adult I always hated hearing parents say “My house, My rules.” Having children of my own now and working full time to support them makes me understand that saying! She has no grounds to sue her parents for financial support or college tuition. She could sue them for not fallowing the proper eviction procedures though.

  • Speedracer

    I can’t say that i’m a landlord nor do I know the rules about that. However the same situation does apply for an appartment complex. You break their rules then you just get kicked out. I agree with the parents 100% and I would of expected my parents to do the same.

  • Elaine Langbehn

    I agree that the girl sounds like a spoiled brat! Most parents have set rules in their household and expect the kids to abide by their rules. I am behind the parents 100% and feel they did the right thing! Regardless of age, if you live under someone’s roof, you need to abide by their household rules and if you don’t like it or are not willing to abide by it, then don’t let the door hit you in the backside on your way out!!

  • elena

    Today’s teens are so out of control thanks to this country that allows children to walk all over their elders because parents are so afraid of being accused of child abuse! A few good old-fashioned whacks across the butt when this spoiled brat was growing up would have solved all this family’s problem! When this self-absorbed teen has children of her own I hope her children repay her in kind!!

  • Jada

    They should pay for her high school debt, they are probably the one’s who enrolled her there. It sounds like she is smart enough to get a scholarship. Her parents don’t have to provide anything else. At least she finished school, with honors it sounds like. I am sure there are parents who would love to have a kid like that. She could have quit and be strung out on something. Give her a break she is still just a kid. Judt don’t give her any money.

  • Patrick

    If she gets a liberal judge she’ll get everything she asks for. And her conservative parents will be left holding the (empty) bag.

  • Beverly

    That was my story 32 years ago, although I did not sue my parents. I did not have friends to stay with indefinitely and lived in a cave for a while. I put my butt to work (had to quit school in my senior year even though I was an honors student), got my GED, and earned my Masters in college several years later. I now agree with my parents’ decision. I was on a wrong path even if outsiders thought I was on the right path. That kick in the butt made me grow up and become responsible. Her friends are doing her no favors.

  • Scallywagandvagabond (@ScallywagNYC)

    One can’t help wonder if the parents are to blame for installing what many perceive to be the daughter’s self entitled view. Of note is why is her interim carer funding her legal fees and why are they willing to risk the daughter’s relationship with the family by going over their head? Most individuals would be forced to fend for themselves, go to a state college or get a job and yet here’s Rachel Canning getting another financial boost to pursue what many would wonder is way off bounds. What happened to respecting to family’s wishes under their house and teenager’s attitude towards their parents …?


  • jamison jones

    oooooooooooooh, i had one step child like that. He was 16 and had been kicked out of every other realtive he knows because of his unruly behavior. I never took any chances with him. I spoke once and that was it. He is now 17, goes to school and somehow appreciates what it takes to sustain a way of living. Some of these kids deserve that kind of treatment. Now, the courts and all these other self serving groups should stay away. This is not child abuse. Its discpline.

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