Thank goodness there are some logical people in power. Bravo to the New Jersey judge who denied an 18-year-old girl the opportunity to sue her parents for living costs and tuition after being "kicked out" of her house.

Here is what we know:

  • Her name is Rachel Canning.
  • She is an honor roll student, cheerleader and athlete.
  • She is claiming verbal and physical abuse from her parents.
  • She claims she was kicked out.
  • Her parents claim she chose to leave because she didn't want to follow house rules.

Here are my thoughts:

If she was truly being abused, I applaud her for leaving the situation and getting away from the abuse. Sadly, not all parents have their children's best interests in mind. However, house rules aren't abuse. Just because you want to do something and your parents won't allow it doesn't mean you are being abused. That is a term that has severe implications and should not be thrown around.

Stop with the entitlement. Please! Everyone, knock it off. We have become a nation that depends on others to do things for us, then when they're not done, we complain.'re 18. If you have to pay rent to the people that you live with, go get a job. You want to go to college? Apply for a scholarship, and, oh yeah....get a job! Why do your parents owe that to you? They have obviously done a good job making sure your education was taken care of for 18 years now. The rest is up to you.

To the judge who denied her request for emergency financial assistance, way to go! Lawsuits have become incredibly frivolous because people don't look at the big picture. I'm glad to see someone with a backbone encourage respect and give a little back to parents who are trying to raise their kids to be well rounded adults. Kudos to the guy that understands kids that are given everything expect to be handed things all their lives and one that gets the idea of setting a precedence of ridiculousness and denies it.

Do we want to establish a precedent where parents live in constant fear of establishing basic rules of the house?  Since if they institute a rule that Junior doesn't like, Junior can move out. He can move in with another family, he could sue for child support, attorney's fees, car, cell phone, and a few hundred grand in college.

-- Morristown Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard

What do you think? Should the parents be responsible for paying her way?