Rachel Canning, the New Jersey high school senior who made national headlines after suing her parents last month, has chosen a college.
The 18-year-old Canning announced on her Facebook page in a public post Saturday that she plans to attend Western New England University as a biomedical engineering major on a $56,000 scholarship.
"Decision made. WNE U class of 2018 BME Major w/ 56,000$ scholarship," read the Facebook post. The post had more than 145 likes before it was removed or restricted to the public at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A Western New England spokesman on Tuesday confirmed to the Asbury Park Press that Canning was accepted into the private school in Massachusetts.
Canning sued her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning of Lincoln Park, for child support and college costs, filing a lawsuit on Feb. 24 in Superior Court in Morristown, N.J.
Canning, an honor student at Morris Catholic High School, claims her parents threw her out of the house and would not support her beyond her 18th birthday unless she gave up her boyfriend.
The parents of Canning's best friend decided to finance the lawsuit because they feared that the young woman would lose opportunities for a strong education and a happy future without her parents' contributions.
Court documents show frequent causes of parent-teenage tension — boyfriends and alcohol — taken to an extreme. The filings show accusations and denials, but one thing is clear: the girl left home Oct. 30, two days before she turned 18 after a tumultuous stretch during which her parents separated and reconciled and the teen began getting into uncharacteristic trouble at school.
The judge noted that allowing young people to sue their parents could set a bad precedent and invite lawsuits from children who believe that their parents owe them — even hypothetically — an Xbox upon demand.
After the judge denied Canning's claim for immediate assistance on March 4, she moved back in with her parents March 11, and dropped her lawsuit the following day.
Contributing: Peggy Wright and Michael Izzo, (Morris County, N.J.) Daily Record, and Associated Press