Everyone has the right to an education, but would you ever go so far as to sue your own parents to go to college? 18-year-old Rachel Canning is a New Jersey cheerleader, high school honor student, and she is using her friend’s lawyer dad to sue her parents to force them to pay for her college.
Rachel’s father, former police chief Sean Canning, argues that Rachel actually ran away from home last November because she didn’t want to stick to a curfew or do chores. He told CBS news, “We are being sued by our child, I’m dumbfounded so is my wife and so are my other daughters.”
Rachel’s lawsuit alleges that her parents cut her off financially when she turned 18. According to an interview, Rachel explained, “They stopped paying my high school tuition to punish the school and me and have redirected my college fund, indicating their refusal to afford me an education as a punishment.” Are we hearing a young person denied an education or a lawyer’s parrot?
To that her parent’s told CBS, “We have a college fund that’s available to her and there’s no doubt about that. But it’s the equivalent of going shopping at a high-end store and sending somebody the bill.”
So who do you side with? It’s a universal law that every human is entitled to an education, but the keyword Ms. Canning might misunderstand here is “entitled.” If you want your family to pay for college, shouldn’t you put some effort into being part of said family even if that means helping out with the dishes and taking the garbage out once in a while? Let us know what you think about this ridiculousness!