(Lincoln Park, NJ) – Four months ago, 18-year-old Rachel Canning went to court to sue her parents. Four days ago, the Cannings were back in court – but not at opposing tables.
In March, Rachel – then a high school senior – sued her parents, Sean and Elizabeth, claiming they threw her out on October 30, 2013. In addition, they refused to pay several benefits – such as medical bills and her private high school tuition – that she was “entitled” to as their daughter.
Rachel returned home on March 11.
“She, like, knows what she did was silly,” said Rachel’s BFF, speaking on condition of anonymity, “so she decided to return home. I mean, like, she’d have had to go to a public school. Can you believe it? Like, I shudder when I think of that.
“And she got her parents to stay out of her business regarding Luke. Unfortunately, they, like, grounded her until she goes off to college.”
The “Luke” mentioned by her BFF is 18-year-old Lucas Kitzmiller, the very boyfriend her parents initially tried to separate from Rachel. Kitzmiller is the reason the Cannings found themselves in court once again – this time for a restraining order.
Rachel has accused Kitzmiller channeling Chris Brown and choking her on July 16. On February 8, 2009, Brown had an argument with girlfriend Rihanna. The argument ended when Brown beat the living crap out of her. For her part, Rihanna dated Brown again, at least from January – May 2013, in spite of his continued probation stemming from the domestic violence incident.
Kitzmiller, not taking the restraining order lying down, obtained his own restraining order against Rachel, setting up a potentially lengthy court hearing, which Cannings’ parents worry might affect their daughter’s college career.
In less than two months, Rachel will attend Western New England University (Springfield, MA) and plans on studying biomedical engineering. She’ll be helped financially by a $56,000 scholarship.
The tuition for undergraduate engineering students at WNEU is approximately $50,000 per year, which leaves her about $150,000 short for her four-year college expenses.
“We plan on personally taking on the plight of this fine, upstanding young woman,” said a spokesman for Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), the Canning’s Congressman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Given the horror she’s been through during the past year, there’s no reason why she shouldn’t be treated differently and given a free ride through college by the taxpayers of New Jersey. It’s the least we can do.”