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Today's Most: High school senior sues her own parents

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -


TODAY'S MOST...Unusual family fight: An 18-year old high school senior sued her parents, asking a judge to force them to pay for her college education and her senior year in a private high school.

Rachel Canning says her parents threw her out of their home in New Jersey and cut off all financial support when she turned eighteen late last year. Her parents say the honor student and cheerleader chose to leave because she didn't want to follow their rules.

Her dad is a former police chief, and says "we love our child and miss her. 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." 

Rachel now lives at her best friend's house, and that best friend's parents are paying for her lawyer. In court papers, Rachel's school supports her, saying they've had difficult interactions with her parents and actually called New Jersey's Division of Child Protection about the situation.

Sean Canning says a case worker from DCP came and visited the house, and decided the parent did nothing wrong and Rachel is "spoiled."  He says they only wanted her to be respectful, abide by her curfew, be nice to her siblings, and stop seeing a boyfriend they don't like. 

A local lawyer says he's never seen a case like this in 40 years.

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