NJ teen sues parents, claims she was kicked out and denied college money

NJ teen sues parents, claims she was kicked out and denied college money
Rachel Canning via Facebook.com

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- A high school honor student and cheerleader in Morris Plains, N.J. is suing her own parents.

Rachel Canning, 18, claimed her mother and father kicked her out of the house, and are making her pay for college.

"We're being sued by our own child. I am dumb founded. So is my wife and other daughters," Sean Canning said Monday.

According to court documents, Rachel alleged her parents abandoned her when she turned 18, and are refusing to pay for her to go to college, despite many acceptance letters from several universities.

"I know Rachel is A) a good kid and B) an incredibly rebellious teen, and she's getting some terrible information," her father Sean said.

Sean claimed Rachel ran away in November 2013 because she did not 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 11 o'clock at night."

Attorney John Inglesino is funding the lawsuit, saying it is the only way Rachel will be able to go to a college to get her degree in biomedical engineering. She prefers a private university, despite holding a $20,000 scholarship to the University of Vermont.

When asked if he was refusing to pay for her college education, Sean said, "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."

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.