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Girl sues parents and demands that they foot the lawyer bill

Girl sues parents and demands that they foot the lawyer bill

New Jersey high school senior Rachel Canning is suing her parents. She wants them not only to continue to pay for her private school tuition, college tuition, and living expenses, but, according to Buzzfeed, “The lawsuit also includes a request that Rachel’s parents pay their daughter’s legal fees, which so far total $12,597.”

Pause.

This girl is suing her parents and asking that they pay for her lawyer so that she can do so?

Rachel’s father described the girl as an “incredibly rebellious teen,” who moved out because she would not obey the family rules that include: “being respectful, keeping a curfew, doing chores, and potentially ending her relationship with a boyfriend whom they feel is a bad influence.”

This girl has also had disciplinary problems in the past, and was suspended from school twice. She ran away from home and then claimed “abandonment.”

She sounds like, in a word, the worst. A spoiled brat. Her behavior is like that of the federal government on steroids: demanding undeserved payment for undelivered services. Or an illegal alien: expecting benefits for breaking the rules.

Whose fault is it? It appears the girl was provided with every advantage: private school, the chance to participate in school activities (cheerleading and lacrosse), some sort of internet service/phone plan for taking selfies, really pretty prom dresses, and probably braces, because what Gen Y-er didn’t go through that?

Anyway…where did her parents go wrong? They provided her with material goods and what seems to be a stable home life, but somewhere she got out of hand. It’s natural to rebel at a young age, as I’ve noted before, but she is doing the opposite. How can you rebel and then demand that someone else support your independence? Isn’t that oxymoronic?

It’s impossible to say what caused this girl’s nauseating behavior, but it can be said that giving too much causes a person, or a government, to expect too much, and to take, take, take without being grateful.

Rachel’s parents say they’re “heartbroken.” I think they should say, “Good riddance!”

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