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Rachel Canning, a New Jersey teen whose decision to sue her parents for college tuition made headlines on the web, has lost the first round of her legal battle. A judge denied her immediate access to $650 weekly child support.
Earlier this week, Canning sued her parents, claiming that they kicked her out of the house when she turned 18. However, her parents disputed that claim, saying that she left on her own accord because she didn’t follow their rules. She currently attends Morris Catholic High School and part of her lawsuit seeks to get her parents to pay the remaining debt to that school. Canning currently lives with friends Jaime Inglesino and Lauren Inglesino.
During the first hearing on Tuesday in Morristown, Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard denied Canning’s emergency request for $624-a-week in child support immediately, reports The Daily Record. In addition, she will not have access to her college fund.
According to The New York Daily News, an independent investigator had concluded that the high school cheerleader was spoiled, an assessment the judge seemed to agree with. “Do we want to establish a precedent where parents live in basic fear of establishing rules of the house?” Bogaard asked.
NBC New York reports that Canning also listed alleged abuse from her parents in court documents. She claimed her father, former Lincoln Park police Chief Sean Canning, was "inappropriately affectionate" and often had her drink alcohol. She claims he woke her up to play beer bong in the middle of the night and saw her as “more than” a daughter. She also alleges that her mother called her “fat,” which drove her to lose weight.
During the next hearing on April 22, the judge will have to decide if Canning’s parents will be forced to pay her college tuition.