A New Jersey teenager is suing her parents, claiming she was kicked out of her home and thus entitled to money for private-school tuition, transportation, room and board.
Morris Catholic HS senior Rachel Canning said mom and dad are still financially responsible for her — even after she flew their Lincoln Park coop, two days before her 18th birthday in late October.
Rachel is asking that mom and dad be ordered to immediately pay up for tuition at the 12th-grader’s Morris Catholic HS.
The teen has been living with a family friend ever since leaving home. The friend’s dad is former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, who is reportedly footing Rachel’s legal bill.
“This whole thing is just destroying our family,” dad Sean Canning told The Post on Monday. “We love our daughter. She’s our pride and joy. The door is wide open. We want her to come home.”
Canning, the former police chief of Lincoln Park and now Mount Olive town administrator, admitted he and his wife butted heads with Rachel over typical parent-kid issues.
She didn’t adhere to assigned household chores, disrespected other family members and refused to observe a midnight curfew, according to the dad.
“I’m a liberal, liberal parent,” Canning pleaded. “I wish I could have grown up in my house. I was tougher on my cops at work than I’ve ever been at my home, that’s for sure.”
My guess is that the suit will be tossed out in five seconds, but this is New Jersey, the east coast equivalent of the west’s Ninth Circuit, so who knows?