financial support
new jersey
rachel canning
scott evans
teen lawsuit
March 6, 2014

Teen Sues Parents


Maggie: Whether it is over cellphones or curfews, everyone has battled with their parents at some point. But one high school senior in New Jersey took that to a whole new level, and now her court case is making headlines and could make legal history. Scott Evans has the details.

Judge Peter Bogaard: All requests at this time for emergent relief are denied.

Scott: It is a strange case of child vs. parents.

Sean Canning: We’re being sued by our child. I am dumbfounded. So is my wife, so are my other daughters.

Scott: Eighteen-year-old Rachel Canning of New Jersey is suing her parents Sean and Elizabeth Canning. Rachel claims she was kicked out of her home and that her parents are now refusing to pay her last semester of private high school, future college tuition and living expenses.

Tanya Helfand: They wanted her to move, they wanted her to fail, they wanted her out of that school.

Scott: Rachel’s lawsuit claims that she had an agreement with her parents that they would support her through college. The honor student already has a $20,000 scholarship and her parents do have a college fund set up for her.

Canning: I think she’s being enabled. I think she’s being steered down the wrong area, and it’s killing us. It really is.

Scott: But the Cannings claim their daughter left voluntarily because she didn’t like the house rules, like obeying curfews, doing chores and leaving her boyfriend that the parents thought was a bad influence.

Laurie Rush-Masuret: They said come home. She said no.

Canning: Yeah, private school, new car, college education… Yeah, that’ll come with living under our roof.

Scott: But this case is more than just a battle between parents and their teenager. The verdict could set a standard that parents be required to financially support their kids even after they become adults and move out. And in this case, even force them to pay for college.

Judge Bogaard: Are we going to condone a 13 year old to sue for an iPhone? Everyone else has one, why can’t I?

Scott: Yesterday, the judge ruled Rachel’s parents don’t need to give her financial help immediately and recommended the fractured family consider counseling.

Judge Bogaard: She’s always going to be your daughter. And they’re always going to be your parents.

Scott: The judge scheduled another hearing on the case for April.

Scott Evans, Channel One News.

Maggie: So, now that you have heard about Rachel’s case, we want to know what you think. Should parents be required to support their kids through college? Head on over to and let us know. We might just use one of your comments on tomorrow’s show.


3 comments on “Teen Sues Parents

  1. Olivia

    Parents should all least pay half of the tuition for their children’s collage. My older sister is going to collage this year, and my parents are helping pay for her collage and living expenses, at least for the first two years, just to help their children settle down. Parents should help with collage expenses, and with anything their child needs help with, just to help them get through the first tough years alone and in collage. All parents have a duty to perform for their children, at least until they completely move out on their own, and they are out of collage. Collage aged kids can make their own choices, but they should respect their parents, and agree to some kind of terms with them. That is what a respectful child would do. Parents should, in return, respect their own children, and they will be respected in return.

  2. Maxine

    I think parents should not have to pay for our college because it’s our education. It’s our responsibility. If we want to go to college then we pay for it. They already do so much for us.

  3. Mark

    NO, they shouldnt pay because what if the parents dont have the money and they have to pay? Also it IS the parents money.


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