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Karen Knapstein
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March 6, 2014

Suing for Support

Rachel Canning is an athlete and honor student attending a private school in Northern New Jersey. She lived with her parents, as most high school students do. But battles over usual teen stuff — curfews and cell phones to name two — led her to move out of her parent’s home, and in with a friend and her family, at the end of October.

Now, she’s suing her parents for the cost of her school, living expenses and college tuition. She says that she had an agreement with her parents about the money, but they say she left their home because she didn’t want to follow their rules. The judge says the family should try counseling before any legal rulings are made — because those rulings could have future implications in the court system about the financial responsibilities for parents and their over-18-year-old kids.

We want to know what you think. Vote in the poll and tell us where you stand, then leave a comment explaining why you voted that way. Be sure to include your first name (only!), age and state if you’d like your comment to be used on the show. 

139 comments on “Suing for Support

  1. Tatum

    No I don’t think that parents should support their teens through college, after all, isn’t college preparing you for later life? If your parents pay for all of it I don’t think you will be as prepared to work and earn money seriously then if you yourself had paid through college.

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    1. sisterlove96

      i completely agree! what is the point of going on your own if you cant pay for something you need to help you get off your feet!

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      1. Hannah

        I think if you need help then your parents should give it to you. You are an adult but, you still need you parents to help with stuff sometimes.

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    2. Olivia

      I completely agree. Especially when a teenager is deliberately disobeying their parents, the parents have complete right to kick them out. And once that is done, it’s up to them to figure out what they’re going to do.

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    3. Hannah

      I don’t think your parents HAVE to support you through college. Yes, it’s the best thing to help you through, but they’re not required to. You’re going to have to support yourself through life anyways or are you planning on your parents supporting you through that too? So no, I don’t think your parents have to support you through college especially if you don’t follow their rules and respect them and their decisions.

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    4. :(

      I do not think the parents should be FORCED because lets face it, the parents cannot afford this. Also people are getting spoiled and this is really bad.

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    5. Annie Johnson

      I think if you move out, your parents shouldn’t pay for you because you should be able to help yourself. Because one day your going to have to pay for everything yourself.

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    6. Mary

      What a waste of the court’s time! This girl needs to grow up. Her parents owe her nothing. College is a privilege not a right. You earn privileges by how you behave.

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    7. Mason-Detwiler

      I agree as well. College is preparing you for your life later on and how are you going to get through life if you are always relying on yours parents money.

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    8. Ray

      I agree because once your in college, you should already have a job to stay in college and let your parents take a break from spending.

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    9. Hannah Divine

      No, it should not be required for the parents to support their child through college because then the child would rely on the parent’s money and once it stops, the child won’t know what to do.

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    10. Rylee-Beuschlein

      I don’t think parents should pay for you though college because first of all you are a adult and you need to grow up and do things on your own

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  2. Erick Bevil

    Ya they should! College is education just like middle school and high school. If you don’t how do you expect for them to get the money? A job? They have classes all day and barely have any free time. Besides after college their education will help them to get a better job.

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    1. Kyler

      I agree that it would be very hard for a college student to pay for college themselves. I know my parents were more than happy to support me through school if I was working hard, getting the grades and most importantly still following their rules. This changed when I went to college but I still had to be respectful to my parents for them to continue to support me. This girl is showing no respect towards her parents and the fact that the courts are even thinking about listening to her case is absurd.

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  3. jarrettcox

    Students should be supported for college because there would rarely be a way to get that money, however parents should help out that kid so they would not end up on the streets.

    - Jarrett cox

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  4. Kyle Griffin

    I think that parents should have to support their kids through college. Kids are not fully prepared, both mentally and physically, for the world until after college.

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  5. Jackson Sims

    I feel that yes your parents should help you through college, but suing your parents is not a good idea. She shouldn’t have left because she didn’t like the rules, and then expect them to pay her college tuition. Parents should help but don’t sue them.

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  6. Sydney Propst

    Yes and no. I believe that parents should help kids with their collage funds, yet I also believe that children should have to put some elbow grease into getting into a collage as well. Kids should have to do this because it gives them an opportunity to prepare for the future. Nonetheless, parents should support their children in doing this because it gives them encouragement.

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  7. starashia jones

    I think she shouldnt sue her parents. She decided to move out of their house, so i think she should be able to support herself. Her parents can’t support her forever.

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  8. Savannah Patterson

    I do not believe that parents should support their children through college because moving out and going to college means growing responsibility in one’s self and gaining independency as an adult.

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  9. Tré Hazelwood

    Yes, I think parents should support us through college, but not fully and only to a certain extent. As your in college your a young adult, so you need to learn how to support and provide for yourself. Otherwise, you’ll be lost in the real world.

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  10. jasper

    i say yes and no because collage is life thats ware your job is and your life but your parents should support u but they cant get your grades for u u have to and its you job to get a job.

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  11. Devin stromberg

    I don’t think that they have to pay for her college stuff. They are just trying to make her more responsible. They are just letting her be more like an adult. When her parents aren’t there, she won’t know how to pay for anything.

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  12. Jason Sanchez

    I think what the child did was wrong. How does she expect to leave the household and still expect the parents to pay for her college? And suing your parents, she is just a spoiled girl.This is going to be an eye opener for her!

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  13. Jason Sanchez

    I think what the child did was wrong. How does she expect to leave the household and still expect the parents to pay for her college? And suing your parents, she is just a spoiled girl.This is going to be an eye opener for her!

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  14. Shelby

    Parents should not have to pay for our colleges. We should be responsible and follow their rules if we want their help.

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  15. Maggie Sharp

    I don’t think that parents should support kids through college, because it would teach the kids that money would always come from their parents. It doesn’t, no matter how much you want to believe it does. The kids wouldn’t learn how to do anything for themselves.

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  16. sisterlove96

    i think its both ways. if you are living with your parents and they have a fund for you they should help you but if you move out because you want to or don’t want to follow their rules then they don’t have to help you. and i wouldn’t imagine suing my parents even if they make me mad. i am voting for the parents side!

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  17. Randy

    I think so because what if their child doesnt have enough money to pay their expenses for a place to live or to get food

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  18. Grant Thomas

    Parents should’nt pay for thier children after they are off to college!!!! If the childs parents are doing their job, the child will have a job , and take their classes. If they can’t do both, either children are spoiled and never actually had to go through pain, or their parents didn’t actually PARENT them! The child has to learn that they have to actually work for things. If the parents paid for the children, that is just spoiling them even more , they will never actually work and be responsible. If the parent pays for them, the child will want them to pay for them when they leave college also! Make the Kid actuallly WORK!!!!!!

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  19. Sargeant

    My class is in unanimous agreement….”when you move out, you pay for yourself!”
    ~13-15 year old male students.

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  20. Maggie, 13, TX

    I don’t think that parents should pay for college tuition because then kids would think that their parents provide them with as much money as they need, 24/7. They don’t, no matter how much you want them to.

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  21. Kaylie

    No, they shouldn’t have to support them! If the student is responsible enough to move out, or sue their parents, they are responsible enough to support themselves. By then, the student should have a job, or get a job to earn money to pay for their own school.

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  22. Denise

    No…parents can support their children through college or at least help them but only if they follow the rules… You can’t expect to be treated like an adult by not having a curfew or having no rules but at the same time be treated like a child and expect your parents to give you everything. Plus she can also get a job…I worked and went to college at the same time as well as many of my friends.

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  23. Milo

    I think that parents should support their kids in college because the parents are the ones to help their kids though good and bad times.

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  24. Mow

    Ok so Uhm this is just non sense she shouldn’t be suing her parents she seems already spoiled, I think she should do things on her on, she needs to do things by herself she is a eighteen she isn’t a baby. She still needs to listen if she is under her parents roof.

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  25. Mow

    Ok so Uhm this is just non sense she shouldn’t be suing her parents she seems already spoiled, I think she should do things on her on, she needs to do things by herself she is a eighteen she isn’t a baby. She still needs to listen if she is under her parents roof.

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  26. Elizabeth

    Yes I do think they should help you go to collage because you would want a good job and be a good and smart person and then you would be counting on them and they should help if you would want to be one of the smart people yes they should

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  27. caleb

    I don’t think that she should sue her parent.I mean they should surport you but if you walk out of there house, because you don’t like there rules. than that’s your problem they were gonna provide everything for you and you mest it up

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  28. Juan Ledezma

    I don’t think her parents should pay for her college because she already moved out of her parent’s house. She should get a job and pay herself.

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  29. Brooke Coombs

    I think the parents should not pay of the teens college. The reason why i say that is because if the teens disrecpect the parents why should the parents pay? If the teens are not focusing on college and just partying then why pay. I think if the parent are going to pay for the college the student should at least try.

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  30. Dallas Lake

    I don’t think kids parents should support their kids through college because they have had to support them all their life already.

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  31. Dallas Lake

    No I don’t think that a parent should support their child through college. The childs job is to make money and support them selves after high school. That girl is crazy.

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  32. Jackson Bay

    i think the only time parents should support their children in college is if the really need the money for school supplies

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  33. Julianne

    Parents shouldn’t be required to help their kids financially through college because this gives the student a challenge to raise their own money and spend it wisely. Also, the student would probably apply for scholarships, so that would help pay even more for college.

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  34. Levi

    Yes because they supported them in order to go to college but by then parents say. No I’m not paying for this it is to much money and we don’t care. Another reason is that you supported them until they get out of high school and then it would just be a waste of money to just have them fail in a lot of things.

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  35. Olivia

    I don’t think that parents should be required to support their kids through college because students can’t always depend on their parents throughout their entire life. They need to learn that they need to work for what they want in life. Also, college is not cheap. Many families are already struggling financially and cannot afford to pay for all of their children’s college, housing and other costs like food or clothing.

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  36. Alexandra-Lindner

    No parents shouldn’t have to be required to pay for their children’s collage fees. It would be nice if they help pay for collage but they shouldn’t be required to because some families can’t afford to but their children through collage and if their children want to go to collage they should make sure they have enough money too. Also if people are able to find a scholarship they should be able to go to college for at least one year it just all depends on how much the scholarship is worth it. In conclusion, I don’t think parents should have to pay for their children to go to collage.

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  37. Jacob

    I think your parents should support you through college because they’re your parents and their job is to support you. It doesn’t matter how old she is they are her parents and they need to support her!

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  38. Sammy

    I think they should have to because they are going through school,and trying to get on there feet,and trying to become independent. So I think that the parents should help in tell there are stable on there feet

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  39. Allicen

    I don’t think they should be required to pay for all of their schooling and expenses but I think that they should at least be able to help out if their child needs help.

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  40. Brock Joachim

    I don’t think they should be required to, but it should be their decision to help their kids pay for college.

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  41. Andrew

    I think that the parents should help out a little but they probably couldn’t afford to pay for all of it and for all of there kids.

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  42. Ben

    No, it is the child’s responsibility to take care of them selves once out of the house. The parents have done there job.

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  43. Alaina S.

    I don’t think that parents should be required to support there child through college because, once you are are 18 you are legally an adult and you can make your own choices. They could help you but once you are an adult you can start making your own decisions for yourself.

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  44. Jordan Dycus

    I don’t think parents should be required to support their kids through college because that’s not fair, not every parent can even support theirselves. It should be the parents and kids choice because it’s not anyone else’s business. Also their an adult now and should take their own responsibilities.

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  45. joshua henderson

    I think it should be coommon since to support you kids no matter how old they are that’s your job and im not saying to give them everything im just saying help them out a little if they need it you know just get them on there feet, who knows they could com back and help you with your money problems someday

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  46. Aaron Reed

    I think she sould sue them because i kno her parents want to see her succed in colage and in life.

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  47. Lauren

    Yes/no because the parents job is to take care of their kids but of the kids may be independent and could pay. It just depends.

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  48. Aaron Reed

    I think the parent should support there children for collage. I mean everybody wants to see there children succeed.

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  49. Kayla smith

    No parents should not have to pay for their children’s college expenses because once their children have turned 18 it’s their responsibility to take care of themselves. And most likely parents will help out as much as they can but they have their own expenses to take care of.

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  50. Caleb

    I believe that parents should not pay for their kids college education. Because it will just leave the kid going through life and college, relying on their parents. Plus they will also never become responsible and won’t know how to pay for a house, food, clothes, etc.

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  51. Layne

    Truthfully I think we shouldn’t leave it up to parents or kids, many places around the world have free healthcare and schooling and college support, but America does not have help with a lot of things. We have major issues with people already not being able to afford college, and now forcing people to HAVE to pay for college for their kids would be financially damaging to those who may have a harder time with money. So mostly I think the government should take more action into this.

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    1. Hannah Gardner & Alissa Costello Olivet

      I think that it is absolutely ridiculous that an 18 year old is suing her parents for money to go to college. If she wanted support and money from her parents, maybe she shouldn’t have moved out because she didn’t agree with their rules. If she wants money she could go out and find a job and actually work for money, like most independent people do. Teenagers think that their being an adult by moving out on their own but they don’t comprehend how difficult it actually is. As a kid your parents pay for everything and if their doing their job in raising you right, you should know how to make the right decisions to financially support yourself. If your parents pay for your college you need to count your blessings, because parents aren’t obligated to do so, especially if you have siblings and don’t live under their roof.

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  52. Hannah Gardner & Alissa Costello

    I think that it is abslutely ridiculous that an 18 year old is suing her parents for money to go to college. If she wanted support and money from her parents, maybe she shouldt have moved out because she didnt agree with their rules. If she wants money she could go out and find a job and actually work for money, like most independant people do. Teenagers think that their being an adult by moving out on their own but they dont comprehend how dificult it actually is. As a kid your parents pay for everything and if their doing their job in raising you right, you should know how to make the right decisions to financially support yourself. If your parents pay for your college you need to count your blessings, because parents arent obgligated to do so, especially if you have sibblings and dont live under their roof.

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  53. Micheal

    Parents should support their children throughout college because they need the education to get a job and live, but the child should not have to rely on their parents for everything.

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  54. Jordan Sinclair

    no parents should not have to pay for a students college because when a student graduates high school, they are now considered adults and are supposed to be able to support themselves. but in Rachel’s case, since she was “kicked out” of her parents house for not paying her tuition for her final semester for her private school, even though she has a car, a good home and parents who pay for private school and yet she is suing them for not getting her way. spoiled brats like her who get everything should not get help and learn hos to live on their own

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  55. Abi

    I don’t think that parents should be made to pay for there kids to go to collage . I think that the most that they could do is at least help out if times get tough. But make the students pay for a large amount of what the price of collage is. Being that the parents already pay for the child for everything in the life. It wouldn’t teach the kid how to support them selfs and be able to be an adult on there own.

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  56. Tyniqua

    I think that for her to sue the people who spent ,I’m sure everything they had when she was born to support her and her sisters. She should be very generous that they asked her to come back home even though she denied the request, but I think that a parent should help their children in college but to a certain point because some college students do apply for jobs. Parents should be able to be financially stable. I think that college students or future college students should have the mindset of saving money to put towards tuition also. Not every parent is able to pull money out of there pockets, but many children need to have the ability to think and support themselves. In the video the father had said that if she would have followed the rules then she could have had a car, college and financial stability.

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  57. Kristie Wundrow

    I think parents should help along the way for college funds but not all of it because us kids have to learn how do use ther money wisely.

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  58. Megan Martinez

    Parents should not be REQUIRED to pay for their children’s college tuition. It would be socially smiled upon if they were to help, but this is the beginning of children learning to support themselves. Students are learning more in college than just what they gain from the classroom. College is where they practice to be responsible adults who are capable of being in control of their lives. Unfortunately, many students go to college just to party. These students will NOT be prepared to have a successful adult life. We need to start redefining the purpose of attending college. Students should be going to LEARN, and they will be more apt to do just that if they are paying with their own money instead of wasting their parents’ money.

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  59. Jaiden

    No, kids at that age should have saved up money or definitely should have a job that they have got money from, and if they can’t pay for college then how can you pay for your future?

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  60. Eddie Collins

    If they are still living at home and willing to follow the “house rules” established by the parents, then YES, they should be supported through college. If not, then welcome to the real world of an adult and best of luck to you!

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  61. Harlie Brown

    I do not believe parents should have to pay for their kid’s college fund, the main reason being that once they start college they are adults and should be able to provide for themselves by now. If a parent wants to pay for their child’s college, or volunteers, then of course it’s ok for them to do so, but it should not be made law. If a parent agrees to do so, but then back out, it is no crime, and definitely nothing to sue one about? I think this young-lady is going overboard with this whole situation. Now although she is an adult and does have the right to make her own decisions, while she is under her parents’ roof and they are providing her with a safe place to live, I believe she should respect her parents’ requests, as aren’t they doing enough by giving her shelter? She’s an adult now, they could’ve kicked her out and made her go live somewhere else but no, they are allowing her to live with them even as an adult! Can you just imagine how the parents must feel?? Rachel’s side of the story says she was kicked out of her parents’ home, while the parents say that she left because she did not want to follow their rules. I’d have to side with the parents on this one.

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  62. Kendra

    I think that since they are the ones that sent her to the private school then they should at least pay until she gets out of high school. Now they don’t have to pay for the college if they do not want to. She was the one who did not follow their rules in their house so they kicked her out, I think that is fair. So since she was kicked out or she left which ever one is the truth about what happened i don’t think her parent have to pay for her college or living expenses. She says that her and her parents made an agreement that her parents have to pay for that stuff they should have made a contract stating that.

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  63. Success

    Going to college is a privilege like going to a private school, having a cell phone, and being able to participate in extra curricular activities. Privileges are OVER and beyond what is deemed absolutely necessary! So NO, parents should not be REQUIRED to support children through college. Privileges are earned!!! A child’s respect of parental authority sets the standard for that child’s respect toward ALL authority figures. Her parents are being that …. her PARENTS!!!! If she can’t follow parental guidelines then how in the world will she ever follow work guidelines??? Stop blaming others for your lack of responsibility and respect!! Grow up!!!!

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  64. Katherine

    I think parents should be required to pay, who doesn’t want their children to have a education?!

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  65. Kelsie

    I think that parents should HELP support there children through college. Maybe not pay for all of it but without a college education it is difficult to get a job at all much less one that would pay for college. The student should do their part in getting ready to support themself later in life by having a small job but the parents should definitely give some financial aid.

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  66. AP Spanish Lit Class

    Ella no esta comportando bien. Ellos estaban pagando para la escuela privada y probablamente no paraban su semestre final si no habian mas problemas que no veemos imediatamente. Si ella no puede conformar a las reglas de sus padres, no merece el educacion.

    She’s not behaving well. They were paying for her private education and they probably wouldn’t have stopped that her senior year is she was behaving well. If she’s not going to conform to her parents rules, she doesn’t deserve the education.

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  67. Cam Ward

    I think they should, unless…
    A) The teen moves out willingly (with proof)
    B) The teen doesn’t need help with money
    and
    C) The teen denies help (in love for their parents money problems)

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  68. Bailey C

    I don’t think parents should be required to pay for students full tuition because by the time they are old enough for college, they should be able to earn money for themselves. I think it is good for parents to help out their own kids, but shouldn’t have to pay for the whole tuition.

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  69. matthew

    NO because you can always get a loan from the bank to pay for some of your collage and if you move out of the house its up to you to support your self, I mean come on if your parents die how are you going to get money from them. Its all about responsibility!
    You should never take your parents to court just because they wont let you mooch of them for collage and a car. you can always get a car from a junk dealer or something, i mean my dad got a car from some dude for $400.00 and that was three years ago and he still uses it and it still works, you shouldn’t need a brand new car at 18 or 16 or any time unless you are going to pay for it your self.

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  70. Kathren P.

    Parents need to help us with college because we can’t pay for it. Almost all of the money we owe is over 1,000 dollars and most Teens don’t have good paying jobs by the time we are in college. Our parents need to help us because we are family also. And if they don’t then what are we supposed to do?

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  71. Freckle_Face_22

    Seriously, isn’t college supposed to help you prepare for later on in life and you cant always depend on your parents for something you want you need to learn responsibility and grow up!!!!!!!!! voted*NO

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  72. Cutie Pie

    i think that it is totally unfair for the parents when u are done with college what are u going to do next your parents aren’t going to pay for your house u need to learn how to take care of your self what if your parents die then u don’t have no money to pay for anything really so NO I THINK IT IS TOTALLY UNFAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  73. victoria

    i think parent should not support student through college because they have to learn how to become adult parents shouldn’t have to pay for college kid should pay for there college there food, bills and cellphones not there parent.

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  74. Lee Street

    Freedom in America means citizens have the choice to do whatever they want with their money. Rachels parents can buy her a car and education if they want but they can also choose not to. Theres not any way that you can force someone to spend their money on those things, especially if Rachel is 18 and is legally seperate from her parents.

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  75. Ryan park

    I think no ,because its her education not her parents but they should still be helpful and pay at lest 20% of it

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  76. Dj Glover

    yes I think the parents should support some but not all because it’s not your parents job to support you all the way you should help pay what you can not just let them spend all of their money!

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  77. Caleb

    Her parents should support her because parents are suppose to support there children. They should also be there for the children.

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  78. Carrie

    I do not think that parents should be forced to pay college tuition for their children, once they turn 18 they’re an adult and should be responsible for getting a job and starting college on their own.

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  79. Allison

    This is not fair at all! If she refuses to follow her parents rules of the house there is no reason why they should be required to pay $30,000 plus a year for her! Especially if she doesn’t even live with them! Ughhhh

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  80. Alexis

    yes, parents sure help thier kids but not pay all the college fee. kids sure pay their own college fee

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  81. Kasey Jones

    No. I don’t think that her parents should be the ones responsible for paying her college tuition. If Rachel moved out of her parent’s house, then that was her fault. Her parents also have A CHOICE IF they want to pay for her college tuition same thing with a car or a phone. If Rachel moved out of her parent’s house then i think she should get a job and pay for her own college tuition. She shouldn’t just sue her parents just for one little thing.

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  82. Aliyah-McDaniel

    To be honest, this answer goes two ways all because of money. If parents are willing to help you pay, then let them. But if your parents cant’t help at all, then its fine. Most teens study hard to get scholoarships so that parents don’t need to worry about tuition. Then there are those who have to work hard and have to work to pay their way through college. So the whole thing goes two ways.

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  83. Emma, 13, IL

    Yes, I think parents should pay because kids need to have a good education in order to be successful in life.

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  84. ashton-engebretsen

    No it really Should depend on the parent and the child if they want to go to college Then they should at least pay for some of the Expenses

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  85. Joy

    I don’t think that parents should be required to pay for their child’s college tuition, because growing up means more responsibility, and the student should know to be more independent because you won’t always have people to support you

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  86. Joy

    Parents shouldn’t be required to pay for their child’s tuition for college, because as the student is growing up, he or she must know to be more responsible and to be more independent because you won’t always have people to support you. The student should also know that her parents or supporter may be having some financial problems.

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  87. Addy Rieken

    Honestly I think parents should help their children pay for college because they have a chance to earn enough money and should want to lend a hand in their child’s education.

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  88. Madi-G

    Once your 18 you need to fend for yourself you are now a adult your parents should not pay for your life for anymore . You need to get a job and become mature a responsible for yourself and get a job.

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  89. Carlos-Perez

    Personally, I don’t believe parents are REQUIERED to support them. If, they do, it is not their responsibility to do so. Also, if she moved out of the house, why do she think that she still gets the benefits she was getting living in the house? She should’ve thought of the consequences BEFORE leaving the house. Also, why would you sue your parents, they were the ones that gave you life and the opportunity to live. She is crazy! She needs to understand that her parents are the ones that she is in this world. Finally, if she didn’t like the house rules, then try to understand you parents I have the same problems, but I manage the situation. I don’t just leave the house! That girl is dumb and crazy to sue her very own parents!

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  90. Brittney Taylor

    This is an obvious case of a child never being told the word “no”. Rachel is now an adult and needs to learn the full responsibilities of being an adult. Times are ruff now and money is tight. Her parents may be able to pay for some of her college but certainly not all of it, Rachel needs to get a job and pitch in as much as she can. And as for her not liking her parent’s house rules? It is their house, if she doesn’t like it get a job and move out and pay for an apartment. Mommy and Daddy are not going to be there forever, take some responsibility

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  91. Ricky M.

    Show me the kid who has the money to pay for their ENTIRE college! I think parents should help their kid even if they are 18 or older.

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  92. Brooke Sorensen

    No, parents should not be responsible for financially aiding their children through college. If parents are aiding their children financially how will they learn and be motivated to get a job or live on their own?

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  93. Ethan Morgan

    Yes, the should if you think about it you could use the help especially when they have you a college fund.

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  94. Haley

    No because if they support u then u r not doing anything right like people said if u move out u should pay for yourself if u don’t u should still pay for yourself

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  95. Haley

    Ya they should! College is education just like middle school and high school. If you don’t how do you expect for them to get the money? A job? They have classes all day and barely have any free time. Besides after college their education will help them to get a better job.

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  96. Ashleigh

    They should because it is their child and it is just like Middle and high School when you have to pay for their lunch or something like that.

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  97. Krystal-Johnson

    You’re parents should not have too pay for college, it would be nice for some help but have to no. Dude that chick is a spoiled brat, my teacher didn’t get help from her parents and her parents didn’t get help from theirs why should you change now? I mean really how spoiled can one child be. This is why you shouldn’t give your child everything and make them work for what they want.

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  98. Mrs. Blackwood's 8th Grade ELA Class

    Rachel should appreciate what she has! Rachel and her parents had an agreement: she listens to their rules and they support her through college. She didn’t want to follow their rules, so they do NOT have to support her. Rachel is eighteen, which is a legal adult. The parents do not have to pay for college, but parents do because of their unconditional love and respect for their children, and Rachel has to demonstrate the same love and respect for her parents. Yes, they made a promise, but she made a promise, too!

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  99. Amanda Kerr

    I don’t think that they should because my mom say that when you need to pay for college, then you should get a job if you don’t already have one!!!!!

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  100. Matthew

    I can not believe that the court is wasting there time on these things. I mean you can drive and buy tobacco at the age 18. You can go to work at the age of 18 so why shouldn’t you have to support yourself? After all, isn’t collage papering you in live and giving you chance to make it on your own for the first time. If your parents carry you through that when you are in the real world you will not know how to do anything at all.

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  101. Dylan Clark

    No, your parents don’t have to support you through college. It would be nice, but they don’t have to.

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  102. Parker

    “PARENTS SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO GET AN EDUCATION. THE PARENTS SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO KICK THEIR CHILD OUT OF THE HOUSE AND NOT GIVE THEM ANYTHING” – ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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  103. Emily Castlen

    Parents should not be required to support their child. Their kid should learn how be responsible and manage their money. Although it would be nice to have your parents help you, not everyone CAN help. They should get used to reality and know their parents won’t always be there to support them.

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  104. Courtney Austin-Wilkerson

    In no way should parents be forced to pay for their child’s tuition! The child should have to work (get good grades or get a job to pay for at least a part of the tuition!) for their money and support from their parents. If the child can’t hold their wait in school and get good grades then the parent shouldn’t have to pay for a bad education on the child’s part!

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  105. Sam W.

    I believe parents should not be required to pay to put their kids through college given the fact that it’s their kids ultimate decision to go to college in the first place.

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  106. Kaitlyn Lindsey

    Parents should not have to pay for their teen’s way through college. It would be nice if they did, but it shouldn’t be required. It’s the parents money and if they feel that she doesn’t deserve the money for college, they shouldn’t have to jut hand it to her. She’s obviously spoiled because she goes to a private. For once, she could actually work for what she wants just like most of the people in America.

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  107. christian gray

    no because the whole part of being 18 is being an adult and trying to do stuff on your own. i mean yea its nice if your parents help with some of that stuff. but that only comes with respect for your parents. so i say no the parents should not have to be forced to pay for their child’s college.

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  108. James

    Some parents just do not have the means to support their children through college. With tuition prices on the rise, it costs too much. Teens should work with their parents, and attempt to reach a mutual agreement. The teen could work to help pay for tuition, housing, etc. and the parents could send some money to help from time to time. Either way, there would be special exceptions, but if we can work to make college and things easier for everyone, why shouldn’t we?

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    1. mary p

      i think that it is wrong, because her parents have spent their money on her since she was a baby. It is unfair, the parents were doing the right thing not paying for her college, she will learn how to deal with here money when older. But she rewend it all by suing her parents. PARENTS SHOULDN’T PAY FOR THEIR CHILDS COLLEGE.

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