Teen Sues Parents For Tuition Fees

rache-canningNew Jersey honor student Rachel Canning, 18, sued her parents for school fees after they cut her off. She claims her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning, threw her out of their Lincoln Park, NJ, home last year and stopped paying for her private high school, where she excelled as a cheerleader and lacrosse player.

Sean Canning told NYDN that Rachel left voluntarily after she refused to abide by simple rules of the house. Rachel claims she’s been out of her parents’ home since her 18th birthday, Nov. 1, after her parents vowed to cut her off ‘from all support both financially and emotionally.’

Sean: ‘We love our child and miss her/ This is terrible. It’s killing me and my wife. We have a child we want home.’ But Sean and Elizabeth say their ‘spoiled’ college-bound daughter doesn’t live by their house rules.

The Morris Catholic High School senior and lacrosse player instead has lived at home of a classmate, whose father, John Inglesino, has foot the bill for the suit. Rachel: ‘My parents have rationalized their actions by blaming me for not following their rules.’

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.’ Rachel demands her parents pay a Morris Catholic tuition bill of $5,306 as well as $12,597 in accrued legal fees.

Rachel, who has been accepted to several colleges, wants her parents to pay her secondary schooling costs. The unique suit could stand a chance because of a New Jersey court decision that found young adults can be dependent on their parents beyond their 18th birthday, long considered the age a person is legally an independent adult.

‘A child’s admittance and attendance at college will overcome the rebuttable presumption that a child may be emancipated at age 18.’ Tanya Helfand has taken up Rachel Canning’s case and demanded at least $20,000, plus impending college costs, from the teen’s parents.

It comes down to ‘a face-sensitive analysis that looks at whether the child has moved beyond the sphere of influence and responsibility exercised by a parent and has obtained an independent status of his or her own.’

Rachel allegated domestic abuse last October and a teacher who witnessed the teen and her mother engaged in a rough conversation that ended in a nasty way. But Sean Canning, furious that the family feud has reached the courts, claims a Division of Child Protection and Permanency representative visited the family home and found Rachel was a ‘spoiled’ and petulant child and ended the investigation.’

  • threelittlebirds

    no shit your parents are gonna cut off financially when you turn 18. you’re an adult, start acting like one and get a job.

    • Laura

      Not while she’s still in high school.

      • cerenagee

        She’s 18 and voluntarily left the house. You can get a job as early as 16. Don’t be a bitch to your parents when are paying for everything.

        • Laura

          I know. I was responding to @disqus_yu53D1DGKj:disqus comment that parents obviously cut kids off when they turn 18. I’ve had a job since I was 14. She really does seem like she’s a spoiled brat. Why the hell is her friend’s dad paying for the lawsuit…jeez. This family sounds like it’s just one hot mess.

          • cerenagee

            Ohh okay my apologies. Yeah she totally seems like a brat and yeah I was wondering why the friends dad is doing that too. So ridiculous. Fucking rich kids.

    • Godney

      i was like “WTF?!”, i have to pay for my own education.
      And yes, if you live in your parents house you must follow their rules.

  • laura

    Well, as long as you live with your parents and you are under 18, they’re supposed to pay for your tuition. But if you’re being a little bitch and leave home, then I think it’s only normal they cut you off. That’s what happens when you’re ungrateful and want to be treated as an adult. Get over it, really. Also, she looks kind of dumb so it’d be a total waste of her parents’ money to even invest in it..
    I mean, I am 18 but my parents do pay for uni (it’s 600 euros and 200 euros for my books) but idk that’s just common here and it’s not a lot of money. If I’d be living in America and wanted to go to uni, I’d have a job to help pay for my education though. It’s fucking expensive there.

    • live.love.learn.

      600 Euros damn. I’m American and my tuition alone is like $25,000 per year. Even with multiple scholarships, I have to pay $5000 out of pocket. Textbooks are another $500-600 at least. And my part time job pays so little that I can barely afford to pay for the textbooks. You have no idea how good you have it :o

      • laura

        Oh trust me, I am fully aware of that. It’s just because our government thinks it’s important to invest in the future of the children and so they fund it for us. In most European countries it’s just a little bit more expensive (like 1500 euros or something). And it’s not that the level is any lower than the universities you guys go to, we’re amongst the best haha
        It’s just crazy how much you guys have to pay to be educated. Education shouldn’t be a privilege but a right, in my opinion. It’s so awful..
        Couldn’t you find your books second hand or don’t they do that in America? That helped me as well because some books are like 80 euros (probably little money compared to what you have to pay) and I bought them for 20 or something. And the professors at our universities also write their own books so the costs aren’t that high most of the time.

        • iWizard

          I agree – education is a right. In Canada, uni tuition is over 10k/year, so cheaper than America. Except, we don’t have many scholarships so that’s all out of pocket.

          • laura

            That’s still hella expensive :o how do you guys even manage that, seriously?

          • guest

            We don’t. At least not in America. So many people are left paying off student loans for the rest of their lives. Sucks.

          • laura

            Yeah, I’ve heard about that. John Green did a video about it once and I was completely shocked by how much and how long people had to pay off their student loans.. I really hope they’ll do something about that that soon.

          • Redneckatheart

            We end up paying off student loans for years…. It’s crazy how much we pay for schooling here. Thanks god I have FAFSA and I don’t have to pay that back. So my first 3 years are free so to speak but then I have my masters and PhD I have to pay for…

          • guest

            Are you saying your tuition is 10k or it’s generally 10k cheaper than America’s? Just wondering because I’m in the US and my tuition is is about 6k a year, which is very very cheap compared to other schools but I always thought Canada was even cheaper than that.

          • cerenagee

            But do you go to community? I went to a university before going to a community because it was WAY ridiculously expensive

      • anonymous

        no because after all that they’re left in europe with a lame european degree from an unknown university

        • Stasha

          True. I’ve seen so many people travel to Europe and get a degree there, only to return home and not be hired for jobs time and again because their degree isn’t equivalent to a degree they could have got in the states. This obviously excludes a lot of the very prestigious universities in Europe. Which look very good to potential employers.

      • Lily

        Ugh, I feel you. I have scholarships also and I still have to pay 10k yearly. And people forget that some people have to pay for housing, food, clothes and everything else! I’m so lucky that my school is in my hometown (ish, I still have to commute an hour each day) and parents are nice enough to let me live at home for free and not pay for food/water/electricity etc. Some people have to do it all on their own, and even worse if they don’t get scholarships. The girl in this article seems really bratty! I’m sure a lot of kids would love to be able to stay at home and have their ‘rents take care of the bill.

        • live.love.learn.

          Girl yas. the struggle is too real. I live at home & commute also. My parents still basically provide me with everything. I work to pay for my personal expenses, gas, etc, and help pay tuition, but I don’t make much so that’s all. I’d actually love to stay on campus but that’s another whopping 9k per year so that’s not an option. This girl feels like she’s entitled to get everything she wants. She can just as easily attend a free public school and get a solid education. If she’s as smart as she seems to think she is, she can take AP. The fact that she thinks her parents have to pay a ridiculous amount of money for a HIGH SCHOOL education is deplorable.

    • alex

      Nobody is “supposed to pay” for your tuition in America. Most people have to find a way to pay their own way. Even people that are lucky enough to be able to live at home, don’t get their schooling paid for. We work for what we want. Nothing is handed to us, despite what propagandist media will try to tell you.

      • laura

        I was talking about my country though so maybe you got confused?
        But I do find it sad because education is more like a privilege in America than it is a right. I’ve seen how hard students work in America to be able to go to college, to have a future and make something of their lives. To me that is just crazy since it is so cheap here to study.

    • Laura

      She’s on the honour roll, participates in more than one extra-curricular activity and has already gotten accepted to several schools. So she’s obviously not dumb, it wouldn’t be a waste to invest in someone who actually has proven that they can do well academically.

    • Godney

      I pay 155,000 a month, i make 220,000 per month.
      And twice a year i have to pay 200,000 for 3 months straight
      Besides im getting shit at my work so prob they will fire me and i would have to work and make way less.
      I didnt get any scholarships because “my economic level was too high” -.-, my parents cant pay for my education, they barely can pay my brother school.
      And this bitch complains cus she has to follow some rules?!.

      • laura

        You earn 220 000 dollars a month? Or did I read that incorrectly? :s
        That is so much money you have to pay, wtf :o I swear to god, that should be forbidden! I’ve said this many times but education is a right and you shouldn’t have to work your fucking ass off to have an education.. I’m still surprised they haven’t changed it yet tbh.
        Ugh, I sincerely hope you don’t get fired. That’d be the worst thing that could happen to you :s

        • Godney

          yes!, i make 220 000 chilean pesos but pay 155 000 .
          its stupid.
          i prob will have to work for like mcdonals or something.
          and they pay 1 500 the hour. And thats nothing.
          i cant even buy food at mcdonals with 1 500 pesos.

          • laura

            omg I thought dollars haha I seriously thought ‘where the fuck does she works that she earns so much money’
            But that’s still a lot of money you have to pay then :o I mean, it manageable with the job you have now but still…

        • Godney

          My boss is a selfish bitch. when i asked him if i could study and work and make repair the hours i would have to work on saturdays or something he said yes, twice.
          but then he told human resourse that he doesnt want me to study and if i do they better find someone else.

          • laura

            What a cunt! Ugh that is seriously so ignorant of her and just below the belt. Bosses are such assholes sometimes.. I hope everything works out for you, sweetheart. It’d seriously would break my heart :o

          • Godney

            Bitch hates me, he is like always complaining of how i am, never complains about my work, just because i do my make up or shit like that.

            He wishes he was a fab 20 years old girl.

            I really think he hates females.

          • laura

            omg my mom’s boss is just the same :o he can’t stand it that my mom has a better degree than him and has saved the company (it’s the biggest health insurance company in our country) many many times and when she asked for a raise the asshole said ‘hmm well, if you want a raise, you better find a new job’ my mom was fucking pissed.
            Pretty sure your boss is someone like that as well. What an asshole!

          • Godney

            oh thats horrible!!,
            Its like these assholes hate woman and the fact they know or can do more than them.

            Just now he is talking how females make such a big deal out of their issues like single mothers or periods pain and shit like that.
            it made me want to break his head to the wall.

          • laura

            Tell me about it. But my mom is now trying to be accepted at the European Commission and has exams for it in April so I hope she gets that job :)
            OMG I swear, period pains are the worst! I hate it when guys talk about it like it’s nothing. I swear, guys couldn’t even handle all the things us women have to go through. I wouldn’t even be mad if you smashed his head haha

          • Godney

            I hope everything works out for her.
            he is pretty much asking me to beat the shit out of him lol

          • laura

            I hope so too but those exams are just crazy difficult.. But my mom’s smart, like really really smart haha
            omg totally, seriously you have every right to. men shouldn’t be assholes and be hateful towards women. It’s 2014 for christ’s sake.

  • Marina And My Diamonds

    As my Mother says: “Can’t abide by the rules of MY house then you’re welcome to leave.” Seems to me her parents are being quite fair and she’s just spoiled. Being on the honor roll doesn’t permit you to be a bitch.

  • alex

    WELL HELOOO she is spoil go to regular school which is free, and get a job and your own place if you don’t likel living under their rules, its their house, their money and they don’t have to keep supporting you if they don’t want you. after this I wouldn’t even want her home.

    • leggoofmahmeggo

      Regular school isn’t free. It’s just cheaper.

      • ert

        public school is free in America honey for students parents don’t pay a thing, except for lunch, of course you can go to private and get your grades bought, I don’t believe in who are in private and have straight A s because a couple of my friend mom took their kids out of private and put it in regular public school and they were all behind and fail the year, and they all had straight A”S.

        • leggoofmahmeggo

          I went to public school. My parents had to pay a registration fee.

          • CARRY

            I don’t know where you are from but I lived In new York, New jersey, florida, Puerto rico, Connecticut, public school is free, and parents don’t register kids in school they get in trouble.

          • leggoofmahmeggo

            I live in Illinois.

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            What do you mean they get in trouble?

          • CARRY

            In the united state If you don’t send your kids to school you do know you get in trouble and can have the kids taken away from you for negligence and not providing for them.
            by law all parents need to send their kids to school or homeschool their kids and turn in documentation of their work. Do you all think parents send you to school there is a law or they send children welfare to your house and they can even remove your children, that why you can even be absent for longer than a few days without a doctor note or a good reason.

          • laura

            Jup same here. You are obligated to go to school from the age of 6 until the age of 18 here. If you don’t you can be taken away from your parents as well and if you skip school when you’re above 16, they can put you in juvie.

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            I’m from America. :) I read it wrong, I thought you said they would get in trouble for registering their kids.

          • amy

            Parents are required to enroll their kids in school, but they also have to pay registration fees.

          • Redneckatheart

            I went to public school in Florida and the registration fee was like $50 compared to her most likely $35,000 tuition for her private school. So yes, in a way public school is free.

        • amy

          At all of the public schools I know, at the beginning of every year every student must pay some kind of registration fee. I think their may be ways to get it waved for financial reasons and some schools pay the fee for their students if they have enough funding. Also, please do not use a blanket statement that people that go to private schools pay for their grades. That is extremely false. And by the way, you should probably brush up on your grammar skills…

          • cerenagee

            I went to Poway unified school district which is one of the top districts in Cali and even with all of our budget cuts and they’re great rep I’ve never had to pay registration fees at the beginning of the school year. Maybe its just diff across the country

  • laura

    Also, honor roll isn’t even that much of an accomplishment. I’ve seen what American high school tests look like and they’re fucking easy. I don’t even get how some aren’t able to pass these.. I probably am going to get hate for this but whatever. If you move from Belgium to America, you’re allowed to skip two years because that’s how high our educational level is. So you’re all lucky, trust me on that. The amount of students here that have to go to a psychologist because they can’t handle the pressure anymore is just insane and they should do something about it.

    • Duckyhoward15

      I feel you education in Egypt is just the worst thing ever you study something and then get something else in the exam after studying for 10 hours a day :/

      • laura

        Ugh I swear it’s the same here.
        And it is so much that we had to study (I am talking about 350 pages, at least).
        My history exam last year was oral and I had to study about 500 pages, I think. And I still had to look up things myself, google images of everyone mentioned, etc. And because the person before me didn’t know anything, I could only prepare my 7 questions in maybe 10 minutes. So I only had written down two questions and it took me a little longer to come up with the other answers. So she gave me 70 even though I had everything correct just because it took me too long to answer at times.. High school here literally sucks. This morning I read that ⅓ of the students need psychological help because they can’t handle it..

        • Duckyhoward15

          This really sounds horrible , I don’t get why they are so tough with students , its already enough that they go through bullying , stress , being a teenager , having problem at home , having problems trying to find what you want as a career for the rest of your life and figuring out who you are , I wish I can slap your teacher she isn’t fair , I used to think they do this to us just so we won’t have a future after being fucked up in school :/

          • laura

            They were just incredibly hard on us to prepare us for university. Like we’re all used to it but we’re still pretty pissed about it. When I was 14, I had to be able to understand the deeper meanings of English poetry: it freaking killed me.
            Everyone who did something with either science, math or languages at my high school are now the best ones at uni (most of us have maximum cum laude and we still party hard haha).
            They really should change it up though because this isn’t ideal at all.. I remember quite a few people in my classing having to see a psychologist, being depressed, etc because of the pressure.
            And I totally agree with you! They are trying to change the system though but adults always think they know better and don’t even care to listen to the kids.

          • Duckyhoward15

            TRUE , the point is Uni is so much easier than highschool especially if you have teachers like yours tbh it makes me want to cry to know that some students are going through depression just because they want to be educated , its sick how adults think they are better when sometimes kids are smarter I mean didn’t einstein dad think he had to go to school but then he discovered gravity ;)

          • laura

            University is like a breath of fresh air to me tbh. The professors are also incredibly nice and so intelligent. It’s a dream, really.
            Ugh yeah, they’ve been attempting to change the system for years now and like a few months ago they said ‘oh maybe we should have school from 8am until 6pm. That’ll be great for the students!’ Adults can be so fucking stupid at times..
            Like every Belgian high school even has its own psychologist because of this..

          • Duckyhoward15

            This is just horrible 8 am to 6 pm , when will people get that students are humans too and need time to figure other things rather than learning and schools , this is so fucked up I really want to make them sit down and slap anyone who is taking decisions like that in schools :(

          • laura

            Politicians here are just dumb and crazy, I am not even kidding. Oh trust me, we all want to haha you should hear the other shit the politicians want to do in our country: fucking idiotic.. There’s one party who wants to split the country which is just ridiculous because we’d have the worst economical crisis ever then. Yet the majority of the flemish people is going to vote for them. You should look up how our government works because I can’t even explain it haha

          • Duckyhoward15

            It looks bad and someone really needs to stand up for what they are doing split the country this is just going so far they can find other solutions , if just politics can be held by younger people it will be just fine :( , but like my professor says politics is a dirty game and you have to do what brings you money and power despite what will happen to anyone .

      • malishesm

        Egypt shout out! I’m an IGCSE student tho.

        • Duckyhoward15

          Same , I was an IGCSE student too I am praying for you babe but you will be just fine I promise . My bff wasn’t an IGCSE student and she used to study for 10 hours and then gets the worst grades not to mention the Arabic and religion exams

    • Umm

      What the fuck is wrong with you…I’m sorry for being rude, but no way you’ve seen ALL american high school tests. I work my fucking ass off in school every single day while balancing sports and community service. I have breakdowns every week from all the fucking pressure, and your comment makes it seem like somehow your country is superior and all the work we do here is shit??? Seriously, again, sorry for being rude but you sound like such an arrogant asshole.

      • laura

        No, I am just saying that the level of the general high schools in America is lower than in most European countries. That’s a fact and not an opinion or being arrogant in any way.
        You have ASO (which is your regular high school), then you have technical high school, profession aimed high school and art high school. So there’s a school for everyone’s qualities. Maybe you just aren’t made for regular high school and your qualities lie somewhere else. Which isn’t anything to be ashamed of and doesn’t mean you’re dumb or anything. It just means you use your brain in a different way. And it is sad that you might not be able to use those qualities and are now under constant stress. Honestly, it breaks my heart to hear that you are feeling this way and I hope you will feel better soon.
        I knew I was going to get hate for it but at least be friendly.

        • stasha

          That is not a fact. Name your source. Because you’re spreading false information and that’s not okay.

          • laura

            Google it, every year they publish the educational levels of countries online. I can only find the Dutch articles about it but I’m sure you can find English ones as well.
            I’m not spreading any false information at all.
            Also, I am talking about general high schools here. Not the prep schools.

          • Stasha

            You’re clearly not as intelligent as you claim to be. If you look at the population of Belgium (11.14 million) and compare it to the US (313.9) million, you have to understand how you can’t JUST use those statistics to compare education level. My aunt teaches at an inner city school and my brothers attend a prestigious private high school — the difference in difficulty is astounding. The level of education in America varies by school, county, and state. The standards are different everywhere. So you’re assumption that the level of education is higher in your country, than in America couldn’t possibly be accurate because you don’t have all the FACTS. As a whole maybe your country is statistically better at the current moment. BUT, your population is much smaller. These variables make your statement false. We could have 11.14 million people who are being as vigorously educated as you claim to be. But we’re held down by the millions of other people.

          • laura

            Just so you know, I am gifted so I am quite intelligent..
            Clearly, you didn’t read everything I said because I was only talking about the general high schools and not the prep schools or private schools, since that’s something we don’t have here I can’t compare it.
            What is a fact is that anyone who is intelligent and moves the US, is allowed to skip one to two years. Because in Belgium, we don’t get art classes or music or film (I wish we would) which is something you guys can opt for.
            Also, I know there’s a lot of pressure for American students as well because you have to excel in sports, do volunteering work, etc in order to get into a college. We don’t have that pressure, we only have to focus on our grades. There’s a lot of perimeters, obviously. But because of these, the level is just higher in Belgium because we don’t have all these ‘distractions’ or whatever you want to call them.

          • dede

            so you are saying ,that you think that you are more intelligent, because you lack the skill that we get to learn that you don’t? So, you are saying that preparing to be an overall educated person is bad, how does that make sense?
            I mean I do know that we get to learn more things is because they want a well polish student, and be able to master all aspects of life, so then you can make a choice.

          • laura

            No, what I am saying is that they focus more on maths, languages and sciences and that we don’t have to excel in sports in order to be accepted at a university.
            I’m not saying I am more intelligent either, I am saying that the educational system is different and focusses on other things.

          • Stasha

            That’s what you’re saying NOW. But not what you were implying before. Either you need to learn how to communicate better or stop talking about things you don’t have a full understanding of. And then lying about it. You really put your foot in it.

          • laura

            No, you just never read what I said. I’ve always said the system is difference and that’s why the levels are different as well. You’re just reading what you want to read and hating on me because you can’t handle criticism. While I am trying to understand what everyone is saying here and look at things from your perspectives. That’s why some of my opinions have also changed. Because I learned more about your side of the story and not just from the things I’ve seen/heard or learned about.

          • Stasha

            I’ve been very honest about the problems in the American education system. So I don’t know where you get off saying I can’t handle criticism — when the truth is that I don’t tolerate lies. I’m glad you’re learning though. Good for you.

          • laura

            Too bad you can’t state your opinion without being a complete ass. Maybe that’s something they still have to teach you.

          • Stasha

            You’ve admitted to coming across like asshole on here, so maybe that’s something they need to teach in your country too. That and fix your superiority complex.

          • laura

            What superiority complex? I’ve said from the beginning that our educational system is shit.
            And I’ve only admitted that my comment may have come across as rude because you can’t put intonation in a text. Comprehending texts is something you should work on as well. Good luck with that.

          • Stasha

            Aww, you’re so cute.

          • laura

            Yeah, I hear that a lot. Thanks for the compliment though.

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            You proved your point you can stop being an ass now. She’s not from here (duh) so her perspective is different – therefore can be influenced by change of knowledge.

          • Stasha

            That’s fair. I’m done proving my point now. Just don’t spread false information about my country or my education and I won’t have to shut you down. But I hope you realize that if I hadn’t left the replies that I did, she wouldn’t now have that information.

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            I understand completely just next time don’t down talk her.

          • Stasha

            I’m sorry but she blatantly spread lies. If you don’t know something, don’t talk like you do. Ask questions. Learn. Don’t lie. But “you spoke to her in a rude manner, shame on you!” Okay. I’ll remember to be nicer liars next time.

          • Marina And My Diamonds
          • laura

            Didn’t spread any lies. Just told you what I’ve been taught, what would happen if I would’ve moved to America and how our educational system works.
            You taught me about yours. Simple as that. At least I’m being friendly while you can only prove your point by being rude. It will bring you far in life, really.

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            I really don’t want you going and thinking Americans are bitter assholes because all of us aren’t.

            We have a French foreign kid (he’s an adult) at our school and he asked one question that seemed like he was assuming and they went in on him. Dude looks down wherever he walks and doesn’t talk except in class – it took me a month to get him to hang out with me.

            Those people were his first encounters with Americans and it scarred him. That’s why I said what I said to her but I don’t think she cares.

          • laura

            I love Americans, tbh. I really enjoyed my stay in America as well because they actually are incredibly friendly and inviting while Belgians are very reserved.
            It’s just that, as a European, you are for some reason not allowed to say something ‘bad’ about America because they immediately start bashing you. But that’s just because they are very proud of their country, too proud at times, but I get it. It’s something many European countries need, definitely Belgium. Like, we’re ecstatic when someone mentions our country, even if it’s a bad thing haha
            But whatever, the girl can say what she wants.

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            That’s the right attitude. :)

            Where did you visit here?

          • laura

            I went to Maryland (my bestie lives there), I visited DC and went to Florida for a week to go to Disney World (which is probably bigger than the city I live in), Universal Studios and Sea World :) I had a blast!
            And this year, I’ll be going again and we’ll go to New York and California. I am so excited about it!!

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            Dude, I live here (America) and haven’t been to Sea World, lucky! How was DC? When I ask others that have been they tell me it’s boring. I believe you will fall in love with Cali and New York, when I went I didn’t want to leave. Were the accents weird?

          • laura

            Are you for real?? You should go there, it was freaking amazing! I got to see penguins in real life, PENGUINS! Do you know how awesome that is? haha
            DC is so beautiful and incredibly interesting to visit and to learn more about history. But way too many tourists..
            I honestly can’t wait, people say it’s even more amazing than London and I already love that city. I’m going to feel like Blair Waldorf :p
            The accents were American? I’m sorry but to me there are only three accents: southern accents, standard accents I hear on the telly and New Jersey accents haha

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            Lol you call them New Jersey accents, we call them New york accents. A lot of people call them midwestern accents which people that meet me think I’m from New York. Penguins?! So cool. Are they cuter in person? I haven’t even seen a whale in person yet. Love your use of Blair. I look crazy over here I’m excited for you. You’ve been to London?

          • laura

            Oh so they also have them in New York? I didn’t even know that.
            Yes omg there were penguins with little mohawks, funniest thing ever haha I think penguins are the cutest in cartoons but still, it are penguins, they’re cute anyways.
            Omg yes, I go to London every year to do Christmas shopping :) way better than Paris imo. If you ever have enough money, you should really go to London. You’ll fall in love with it! Just the tickets that will cost shit loads of money..

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            Lucky! :)
            I can’t wait to travel.

          • laura

            That’s the nice thing about living in Europe (or Belgium for that matter). I drive an hour and I’m either at the sea or at the Ardennes. I drive 2 hours and I’m in Amsterdam, 5 hours and I’m in Paris, etc. But when you live in America you have to take the freaking plane to go to a different state haha
            Which is the country you want to go to first? : )

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            London, it’s always been London. I was never the Paris type of girl although – because of my love for Art that was the only reason I wanted to visit Paris. London will be my first visit. You’re so close to it all, the closest country to me is Canada.

          • laura

            Paris is nothing compared to London imo. My grandparents used to live there but even they moved away because of the tourists ruining everything. Like you can’t move your house or people will be bothering you with ‘hey want to buy these keychains that’ll break in about 5 minutes?’ Or you’ll go to your favourite restaurant which only the locals knew about until some stupid newspaper said it was the place to be and you can’t even eat there anymore because it’s crammed with people. In London the tourists blend in more for some odd reason and they’re not as obnoxious. So trust me, London is the best choice and almost every museum is free there which is pretty cool :)
            Ooooh Canada! I’d love to go there sometime :o it seems so beautiful over there. haha yes, that’s one of the few perks of living in Belgium :p we’re like the third tiniest European country? Or maybe second idk..

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            Canada is gorgeous (the parts I’ve seen), it’s right across from our park. My Mom use to go shopping there, the colors in Autumn and Spring are just perfect.

          • laura

            Wow that is close to you then :o you’re lucky! I can’t wait to go there one day in spring, just going on hikes and enjoying the nature. It seems so perfect there.

          • live.love.learn.

            Sameee.
            DC is awesome. Absolutely gorgeous, New York is great. Philly, too. Basically the North East >>>>

          • Redneckatheart

            I live in Florida, 3 hours from Orlando and I’ve never been to Sea World lol

          • Marina And My Diamonds

            Lol awww but – apparently we’re not missing out on much.

          • live.love.learn.

            Maryland aka my place of residence that’s wassuppp!!! Hope you liked it! You’re so lucky you get to travel. I’m FROM here and I’ve still never been to Disney -.-

            Side note- MD is ranked #1 for the best school system out of all 50 states so go us. I agree that education is super important, so I’m glad that we at least get an awesome free high school education before the nightmare that is college.

          • laura

            Aaah really?? I loved it there haha
            It was the most expensive trip ever though: the ticket cost me 1300 euros –‘ seriously insane. You’ve never been to Disney? omg girl, you really should go there! It was so much more awesome then Disneyland in Paris :o you have to get on a freaking boat to get there, crazy!
            Wow really? That is so good because then you have the perfect base to start college with :)

          • cerenagee

            She isn’t lying lay off. Im from America and its a PROVEN fact that many countries greatly excel in education compared to ours. You obviously don’t know laura because if you did you’d know she’s actually fucking fascinated with america. So just lay off and quit getting so defensive over out shit country. Our education sucks. Its pathetic that because of the financial crisis that we are in the first thing that got cut is our education.

          • Laura

            By the way, you don’t have to excel in sports in order to get accepted to a university. I have no idea where you got that idea.

          • amy

            The statistics that you find about America include all of our schools (Public, private, magnet, prep, anything you could think of). Some schools in the US are much more vigorous than others. Yes, maybe the average school in the US is “easier” than those in Europe. But school doesn’t work the same here in the US. I had a friend who was an exchange student from Germany. She said that students are divided into two groups (one group goes to a school to prepare them to go into a technical career while the other group goes to school to prepare them for university). This does not happen in the United states. Everyone goes to the same type of school and must take the same kinds of standardized tests (They just take different classes based on what they want to do after high school. For example, at my high school you could take vocational classes, but you also had to take the normal core classes as well). I’m fairly certain that some countries only test their students that are on a college prep track, while in the US we test everyone. Also, the TIMMS and PISA which the test score statistics are based on have flaws that make comparing countries hard. http://www.epi.org/publication/us-student-performance-testing/ Also, countries can cheat http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1385217/are-chinese-students-smarter-or-testing-system-rigged-their

        • Umm

          Yes, general high schools maybe, such as the public schools and some private schools, but there are very challenging schools here too. I do have some knowledge of how your school system works, and I definitely don’t disagree when you says its better than America’s. But as that person mentioned, we do have a much larger population. You talked about Americans as a whole, which is not the case. I know lots of people who don’t want to apply study time because they haven’t been taught better and don’t know what they’re missing out on. But then there are also lots of us who work to no extent everyday trying to prepare ourselves to get into a great college and have better jobs. To get into a good college, its not even all education you ned. You need so many extra circular activities too.
          Yes, you probably did know you were going to get hate for it because it came off as bashing. Sorry, I didn’t mean to be so rude.

          • laura

            I’ve said that as well in many comments on this post so I don’t really feel like repeating everything. I know my posts can come off as a bit rude at times but that’s simply because my mind keeps rattling on and on and you can’t put intonation in a text.
            Also, I don’t think our system is better, at all. It only focus on teaching us things instead of having more fun courses like music or art. I mean, ⅓ need psychological help because they can’t even handle it anymore: so it’s definitely not better.

          • Stasha

            “Fun” courses? You realize that art, music, etc., are signs of a highly intelligent and functioning society. A lot of these so called fun courses are required so we can be well rounded students and are actually incredibly difficult if you’re pursuing them a higher level. They’re not put in our curriculum so we can relax and have a fun little break. You’re so misinformed about American schools so stop talking like you understand them. The American system is far from perfect but that’s mostly because of that divide. The poorer students don’t get nearly the same amount of money put into their public schools and therefore the difficulty and the level of anyone caring about their education is very different.

          • Stasha

            And that’s a damn shame.

          • laura

            We just study about those things during English, Dutch, French, German and history. Oh and lets not forget about Latin either. You guys have a separate class for it, do things with it, get creative (which obviously still asks a lot of your time) while we only have to learn theories.

          • amy

            It has actually been proven by studies that art education is important for critical thinking skills, contributes to positive behavior, improves test scores, and contributes to students doing better overall in school. Also, creativity is key to innovation. That is why, despite lower scores on international tests America continues to be very successful. When our schools have art programs, they nurture creativity and innovation that some other countries neglect.

        • CARRY

          I get what you are saying but to be honest for you to be really intelligent, you need to have overall knowledge of things. You cant be that intelligent if you are lacking in other aspect, is like for example street smart and book smart. you are just limited honey, you might know this particular things but someone else will wipe you out in other, so that not very smart to limit you intelligence or your brain.
          we might have to do community service project but that teaches us, hand on things ,wish will prepared you for future life and actions, how to deal with difficult situation and how to learn from our elders on top of that you gain experience for future job you might want to try or do, and it teaches you compassion, how to help our community and other and not to be selfish and to look beyond yourself.
          sport also help you stay focus and maintain a goal, and have aspiration and keep you in shape, and makes you get connection from future posibilites as well as career, and scholarship opportunities.
          music teaches about art about mediatation, and the arts, so in the future you can pick an instrument and that might be your career, or a way of relaxation and a way to make friend, or talk about in important reunions, talking about Mozart, bach among other.
          so you see you might think that united state is wasting their time are they really or are they preparing us for anything the world throw at us in which your country is not preparing you for obviously.

          • laura

            Here you do community service out of free will, not for college. You learn an instrument, take art classes, etc because you want to. Those things are meant for your free time and relaxation. Yet, we do learn about the great composers, the most famous painters and so on. My Dutch exam was about the most famous authors and painters. My English exam was about the most famous poets. My French exam was about the best cinematic art pieces. Yet we still learn the language as well, the history of the language and corresponding countries. Again, read what I’ve written. Like I said, we just don’t have separate classes for it. We don’t do certain things so we can choose a better university, we do it because we enjoy it.

          • CARRY

            you clearly say that people in America have to take community service, sport, music and you think that a waste of time and is why your country are smarte than American because they don’t waste time is such things, am just going by what you say, I can quote you, unless you gave me false information? I was just explaining why we are required to take those classes, since you said it was a waste of time, you do know we also take the regular classes. just answering your question, and now you are saying you take those am confused now? either we waste our time taking those or whats going on with what you are writing?

          • laura

            No, I think they should decide for themselves whether they want to learn to play an instrument or if they want to do community work. I never said it was a waste of time, I said it takes up a lot of your time which you could be spending on learning a new language.
            I don’t take those specific classes, I just learn about them in other classes. For example, during Dutch, I learned about famous painters and authors. Read their works, went to museums, learned the meanings behind it, what it’s inspired by, what it has influenced and what it meant for the evolution of the language and country. But we also keep learning about the nuances in the language as well. Whilst you learn to paint yourself but also learn about the famous painters. We only get the theory.
            I mean, it clearly says that.

          • amy

            Its not like we sit around an paint all day in art class. We learn about the history of art, all of the technical vocab involved, all of the different styles, important artists, and techniques that are used for art. We just also do art ourselves. Life is about doing things. What is the point to learning about art if you are never going to do it?

          • amy

            I think you are missing the point of extracurricular activities and volunteering. People don’t do them only for college, they also do them because they enjoy them. But the reason colleges look for those things is because they want to accept well rounded students to their college. In the US we value well rounded students a lot. A student who is only book smart lacks the kind of skills and experience that colleges and employers want. And you don’t HAVE to have those things to get into college, you just get rewarded with things such as scholarships, etc. if you are extremely well rounded.

      • anonymous

        don’t worry, she is an asshole

        • laura

          Well that’s rich coming from you.

      • Duckyhoward15

        You just can’t compare american system to the European system tbh , to her its easy cos she gets it harder no need to find it offensive .

    • Stasha

      Like I explained in my reply below, every school in America is different. So just because you know someone who moved from Belgium to America and skipped two grades, that doesn’t mean they could do that at EVERY school in America. In fact, you’d probably end up held back in some schools — but then again maybe you wouldn’t be accepted to some high schools which involved rigorous testing to even be considered as a student. You’re spreading false/incomplete information and it’s really starting to get on my nerves.

      • laura

        And like I said, I am only talking about general high schools. And you only can skip the years if your English is good enough, if not, you have to take an extra year for English lessons.

        • Stasha

          Our best and brightest, RARELY end up in the public school system. So again, you’re information was inaccurate and you weren’t very clear about that. None of your comments have been very clear. You should work on that.

          • guest

            “Our best and brightest, RARELY end up in the public school system.”
            that’s such bullshit lollllll hush up

    • alex

      what school you go to? because in new York they are hard, don’t know about other state.

      • laura

        My friend went to school in DC but she had the BAC system (I think that’s what it’s called) but I saw tests of her friends who did the regular tests and those were pretty damn easy. I just go to school in Belgium haha

    • Laura

      American high school tests are obviously going to be easier for you because you’re in Europe and you’ve been able to receive a higher level of education. However, saying that the honour roll isn’t even that much of an accomplishment isn’t right. It’s not the student’s faults, it is an accomplishment and you shouldn’t diminish another person’s accomplishments simply because the country that you’re from has a better education system than theirs.

    • Nbl

      Yea, sorry, I’m calling bullshit on this. Here’s why. Belgium may have a good educational system but it has nothing on the Japanese. I went to a Japanese school for 4 years. Monday through Saturday, 7:30 to 4:00. Very structured and more advanced than most countries. When we moved back to the states, I was ahead of my classmates in a lot of ways but I didn’t know a thing about US history, which is a large portion of our schools over here. Also it is EXTREMELY rare to skip two grades. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, the social skills are not the same and can have a lasting affect on the child. Also, the latest poll shows Belgium just one spot ahead of the states in education.

  • emmy78

    i love that all these comments blame the kid….although she is being a brat, HER PARENTS are blaming HER….THEY fucking raised her, where the hell do they get off blaming her, the way she was raised is why she’s acting this way….dear lord

    • laura

      Oh I definitely agree with you on that. They shouldn’t have spoiled her in the first place so they are definitely the ones to blame. But at the same time, I think this is quite good shock therapy. She got everything she wanted for so many years and now her parents are like ‘poof no more money for you mwahaha’ and even this didn’t open her eyes. She is still being ungrateful and greedy. I hope that made sense :s

      • emmy78

        makes total sense I definitely agree!

    • CARRY

      I think is not the parents fault. They try to provide her with everything she needed for her to excel in life in which is doing, since she getting straight A and is doing well in sports, and has an idea of what she wants to focus in her life. I think she is selfish and ungrateful that not her parents fault that her very own thinking and how she don’t consider their efforts to make a better them. she just went against her parent she bit the hand that feed her, she a bad puppy a snake, and I bet it was because of a boy,girl lose their heads when it come to boys, they can be very intelligent but get dominated by stupid boys because they are h orny.

      • emmy78

        don’t assume honey, and use better grammar please. and being spoiled is a learned aspect of life. if mommy and daddy give in to your every want then you’re gonna act like a spoiled rotten bitch later in life

      • Redneckatheart

        You don’t become spoiled by getting what you need,you be me spoiled by getting more than is required. She’s had a very privileged upbringing where mommy and daddy bought her anything and everything she wanted. Though she is acting like a spoiled brat, it is mommy and daddy’s fault.

  • Duckyhoward15

    This is sad :/

  • live.love.learn.

    What a twat. Her parents are not obligated to provide for her past 18 years of age. Yes, most do, but if she does not respect them and abide by their rules, they’re completely in the right here. My parents pay for my college tuition, bought me a car, and pay the car insurance and I’m extremely grateful for it, therefore I respect them and do not act like an entitled, spoiled bitch.

    How the fuck are you going to voluntarily leave home, and then demand your parents pay for your shit?!?! Ughhh this pisses me off to the nth degree. She needs a reality check. Accepted into several colleges? Woo fucking hoo. So were the rest of us. https://31.media.tumblr.com/e52f62b5bdd43969746e260c0be8554e/tumblr_mzty7sZH8G1r5k1n4o1_250.gif

  • malishesm

    I wish I could be an independent 18-year-old female worker in a country where you’re not even allowed to live alone without a husband (Egypt). In the States you have freedom of speech and living yet you throw it away so easily!

  • stasha

    Welcome to the real world! Even if this girl never did anything wrong and her parent just didn’t want to pay for her schooling — so what. They don’t have to pay for crap. Grow the hell up and get a job like the rest of us. Nobody owes you anything. Do you know how many people have to pay their own way to college? Or never had the opportunity to go to a private school? This lawsuit is going to follow her around for the rest of her life – win or lose – and she’s going to look like an entitled asshole to everyone.

  • FINALLY

    Wow, oceanup actually posted real news. I’m shocked…news flash this is the stuff we’d rather read about because REAL people can actually relate to this. As for the situation, I think the girl is being a brat. Technically by law your parents aren’t a required to be financially responsible for you once you turn 18. Whatever parents choose to do after that is completely optional, but any GOOD parent would continue to care for their child. I’m not saying what her parents did was wrong but my parents always tell me “as long as you’re living in our house you’ll follow our rules. If you don’t like it you’re free to leave anytime you get ready”. This girl clearly didn’t wanna follow her parents rules so most likely they’re doing this to teach her a lesson. I feel like every child goes through things with their parents but eventually it all blows over. I feel like suing them is a little over dramatic and that she just needs to take her ass back home. Eventually they’ll be able to talk things out and it’ll all go away.

    • tara m

      If you want real news, go to a different site. This is a celeb gossip site. Why are you here if that’s not what you want? And technically, if this girl wins her case, that will prove (at least in New Jersey) that parents are somewhat obligated to take care of their children after 18. Alsooooo, if you set your kid free and make them take care of themselves at 18, that doesn’t make you a bad parent. that’s just ur prerogative.

      • Get your facts straight

        Please half the shit oceanup posts anyway isn’t true to begin with so yes I am still standing by what I said. Finally they are posting something that’s real and completely unbiased and is truthful. And second of all I can guarantee this girl probably won’t win just because she has no solid proof to back up her case. Her parents said she left on her own because she didn’t wanna follow the rules. Her parents aren’t obligated to take care of her if she chose to move out. If she wants to go to school, she needs to stop acting like an entitled priss and get a job like everyone else. I know when I turned 18 my mom have me a lot more financial responsibility. You can’t live off mommy and daddy’s money forever.

  • cerenagee

    Omg this is ridiculous. I’m embrassed that this is one my generation has come to.

  • Dash

    This is just a classic story of a spoiled brat. Her parents probably spoiled her for too long and they realized that her actions weren’t going to get her anywhere in life. You can live off your parents money but you’ll never be successful and learn important life lessons, and they probably wanted her to realize that. And because she wasn’t used to that she didn’t follow their “house rules” and probably decided to leave on her own. But just because you want to continue to go to private school honey doesn’t mean that your parents are obligated to pay for it. Especially if you disrespect them, your parents owe you nothing more than the necessities of life and $20,000 dollars for high school isn’t one of them. There’s a magical place called public school, look it up it’s free.

  • blahblah

    So ridiculous. I live with my parents, but still pay for my own school. I don’t even qualify for financial aid because my parents technically make too much. I’m certainly not going to sue them or even complain. After 18 years of giving me a wonderful life they definitely deserve to spend some money on myself. So I don’t mind getting a job and paying for my own education. That’s what they did with no complaints. That’s what my family has done with no complaints. That’s what a great majority of the people I know have done. I don’t think it is at all her parents fault for spoiling her before she acted out. I considered myself to be spoiled. When I would be a brat, I’d get things taken away. Which I understood because I didn’t pay for it. She clearly doesn’t have much love or respect for her parents. Instead of trying to mend their relationship, she’s trying to get some money out of them. It kills me that this type of stuff gets attention.

    • blahblah

      spend some money on THEMSELVES. LOL. While trying to prove I’m not selfish, I sound selfish.

  • Redneckatheart

    Just another spoiled little brat. Mommy and daddy sure raised a winner. Here’s a thought, get a job like the rest of us have to to pay for college and apply for loans….