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Lawyer: Facebook Page “Education for Rachel” is a Hoax

Lawyer: Facebook Page “Education for Rachel” is a Hoax

At College Insurrection, we have been covering the case of Rachel Canning, the New Jersey teen who sued her parents for college tuition.

Rush Limbaugh just talked about Canning’s supposed Facebook page, “Education for Rachel.” The page contains posts such as this one, decrying the greed of suburban baby boomers.

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The “About” info from the Facebook page:

rachel-canning-facebook-about

Canning’s attorney however claims the page is a hoax.

The New Jersey teenager who sued her parents to pay for college is the alleged victim of a Facebook hoax that appears to be fanning the flame of public disgust aimed at the teen.

Rachel Canning woke up to a new round of outrage Friday morning. But, according to her attorney, she had no hand in it.

“This page is a hoax,” attorney John P. Inglesino said in an email to the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning. He was referring to this Facebook page.

He, as well as some media outlets, say Canning is being pranked through social media accounts that have cropped up in her name.

But that hasn’t kept inflammatory remarks from the apparently fake Facebook account from pinging around the Internet — and fueling rage against Canning, the 18-year-old who recently sued her parents for, essentially, child support.

Her parents portrayed Canning during court proceedings as a spoiled child who refused to abide by house rules before leaving home. Family acquaintance Inglesino was willing to file suit. It all added up to what will likely rank as one of the most sensational social media stories of 2014.

It is tragic that this family’s drama is being played out in such a public venue. And while many young Americans may be selfish or misguided, they shouldn’t be the target of smears or hoaxes, either.

After reviewing Canning’s current situation, head on over to College Insurrection for a palate cleanser. There are many sensible young conservatives on campus, who are working toward a better a future for themselves and their country.

All while not looking for a handout from mom, dad, or the government.

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Creating a fake Facebook page is unfair and incendiary. But then so were the allegations about abuse she told mandatory reporters at her school about her parents which child welfare found to be untrue.

    David Yotham in reply to Elliott. | March 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Unfair? WTF! What part does fairness have to play in any of this emotional masturbation and entertainment drama? The next news I want to hear from our young “honey” is that she’s pregnant with triplets, doesn’t know who the father is (or care) and that she’s being treated in a hospital for several serious STDs. This child makes the Octomom look virtuous.

      platypus in reply to David Yotham. | March 8, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Next time, don’t hold back. 🙂

      Seriously, the instant I saw her in a clip on Foxnews I told my wife that I thought she was no good through and through. She wanted to know how I could tell just by looking at her in the courtroom.

      I told her I recognized those facial expressions from one of my previous marriages. The conversation ended.

I’m really not concerned about her hurt little feelings. She’s the poster child for everything that is wrong about “Progressive America” and a fake facebook page doesn’t change her into a victim.

I don’t believe it is a hoax, read the comments. Claiming hoax now is in her best interest.

    Another Voice in reply to Moe4. | March 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    A defensive move by the attorney to cover the acting out of Rachel Canning. Posted after the hearing but prior to when the judge and the media outlets made clear the case they are presenting doesn’t uphold with values of families who are trying very hard to raise children to become aself-sufficient and accountable a family member in the home and community and then hopefully in their own lives as they go out into the world as a contributing citizen.

“It is tragic that this family’s drama is being played out in such a public venue.”

Ninja, please! This is all a contrived publicity stunt. The attorney for the girl is a “family acquaintance.”

If you want to believe it was a legitimate case and the publicity unwanted, I have some prime lunar property I just KNOW you’ll be interested in.

Their should be some penalty for hoax accounts, especially when they try to make money off someone else, but this one could be a parody. And when you seek the spotlight, it is good to remember that not all attention is guaranteed to be favorable.

Juba Doobai! | March 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I read the transcript of the nasty call Rachel made to her mother, and I don’t think thus Facebook page is a prank. It sounds like a politer yet still sneeringly contemptuous version of what she said to her mother. She’s a Catholic school honor student, so there’s no doubt she can write. Boy, this kid needs to be drilled on the Fourth/Fifth Commandment.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Juba Doobai!. | March 7, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    On a closer reading if the text, I don’t think she’s an English honor student. Terrible sentence structure and mechanics of grammar.

She won’t be the last special snowflake to lash out at life and engage the legal system, nor the last lawyer to file a suit.

Luckily, this time, these where self-described as “liberal, liberal parents”

This judge, in this instance, didn’t want to set a ‘”precedent”. The next judge will.

In NJ, parents are obligated to support through children through college. I am not sure why this is considered outrageous in this case but not in child support cases where a father is made to pay college expenses through 24 for a kid he doesn’t even get to see. I also suspect her parents would like to collect on SS and Medicare and so I am assuming they are going to want her to forcibly be made to make contributions so they can collect those free checks and benefits.

As someone who paid his own way through college, I am actually pretty sympathetic to Rachel, these days its not really possible to attend college if your parents make upper middle class of money without their support since you won’t get aid and can’t get a loan in the range you need with just your sig. Being an Honor Student as well as what appears to be an accomplished athlete does not on the face appear to be spoiled and trying to get her tossed out of her high school does not sound like what a responsible parent would do. It actually sounds what an abusive parent would do. As a parent, you never want to hurt your child, she sounds right for leaving.

    Sanddog in reply to imfine. | March 7, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Allowing this spoiled, self absorbed, brat to continue trying to dictate the terms of their relationship IS harming her.

      imfine in reply to Sanddog. | March 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Well lets trade, No money for college for her, No money for SS and Medicare for them. Deal?

        Sanddog in reply to imfine. | March 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

        One has nothing to do with the other. This “adult” is perfectly capable of holding multiple jobs, yes.. even menial jobs, and paying her own way. That’s HER choice. She chose not to obey the rules of the house and she needs to pay the price for that choice.

          imfine in reply to Sanddog. | March 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

          And her parents are 2 adults perfectly capable of doing multiple menial jobs to pay for their own retirement. They don’t need HER money to fund their welfare. as long as we are talking about welfare queens and who should support whom, let’s put everything on the table.

          Sanddog in reply to Sanddog. | March 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

          Imfine, it’s not her money. She is not legally entitled to a private HS education or a college education. At 18, she’s exhausted her “rights” and now she needs to face her responsibilities.

          imfine in reply to Sanddog. | March 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm

          Sanddog, if higher education were not as absolutely messed up as they are now, I would agree with you. But right now its pretty messed up. Not living with your parents should not be punishable by loss of a quality education. Thats how messed up higher education is, and that’s not her fault. If things have to be that extreme, then there is no reason why her parents should be able keep their welfare benefits that will be paid out of her wallet. I see no moral reason why her parents should be rewarded with a higher lifestyle when at the same time they are actively lowering their daughters income. Its the sword of Solomon, cut the goat in half

      Elliott in reply to Sanddog. | March 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      I don’t think her parents retirement is her concern but she should consider the assets which will be needed to educate her younger siblings. She has two younger siblings who deserve a chance at an education also and she does not appear to give a fig about them.

        imfine in reply to Elliott. | March 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm

        I think the court should definitely take in to account these welfare queen parents looking to collect on their daughter wages in retirement to see if there is an quid pro quod for establishing paying for college.

    as long as you are willing to not vote at 18, not buy booze at 21, not be able to buy cigarettes and any other item dependent on age of adulthood then I may consider letting an 18 yr remain a child under force of law.
    willing to give that up?

      imfine in reply to dmacleo. | March 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Well should your children be able to control you when you pick up your SS check? They don’t want you talking to that person, so you can’t. Have to be in bed at a certain time. Can’t drink alcohol or smoke a cig? Of course not.

      These parents appear abusive. “Our Daughter drank beer!”, who did not do that at 18? Seriously, someone throw the first stone. “He dates a boy we think is trouble”, Ahuh, and your course of action is to throw her out of the house AND high school so she can’t go to college where she would likely break up with him over? Now she is just going to go live with him. Not only are they trying to ruin her high school record, and just not pay for college, they are also keeping her from simply APPLYING for financial aid, even though that creates no obligation for them to pay!

      Now a lot of people don’t get it, because you didn’t grow up in an abusive household. But when you are in an abusive household, the closer you get to 18, the more abusive it becomes. How do I know its an abusive household, its easy to tell, they are trying to prevent her from doing constructive things in her life, like get an education. You are supposed to use punitive measures to get your child to stop doing destructive things, by taking away the things they use to abuse themselves, like allowance they use to buy drugs or alcohol, or perhaps their car. You do not respond by trying to drown them in poverty.

      Do her parents want her back, yes, I believe that they do. An abusive person wants nothing more than to have their victims come back to them so they can sink their teeth into them again. They will do everything they possibly can to do that, any pain they can inflict even if it means keeping her from a simple HS diploma. when she can’t graduate from HS because of that, and drive her into poverty so she has to come back they will never have to let her go.

        Sanddog in reply to imfine. | March 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        Good Lord… you’re still pissed off at your parents!

        Honey, put on your big boy/girl pants and move forward. No one cares about your crappy upbringing. Adults move forward in life, learning from the past and learning from their mistakes. Perpetual children spend their entire lives whining about shit they can’t change.

          imfine in reply to Sanddog. | March 7, 2014 at 8:18 pm

          Honestly, reading what you had to say, the unreasoned rage you have shown at the girl, it sounds like you had difficulty raising your kids. I am always amazed at parents who seem to have a need to extract tears from their children or setup these negative feedback situations. I have never had to hit my children and i have not once been angry with them. Your need to hurt this child has nothing to do with what you’ve read, but everything to do with your own emotional handicaps.

          I for one have 2 kids, 1 of whom is disabled. I would give my left arm and thank the lucky stars if they were an honor student and the worst thing I needed to worry about who they were dating right before they left for college. There parents are incredibly blessed to have such a smart young healthy girl with so many opportunities and achievements. Apparently they live on a different planet than I live on where a child with such potential would be deemed to be so worthless as to be left to chance on the streets. In my opinion, they need to be medicated and in psychotherapy. I have a feeling once this girl is out of their life, they’ll have no one to blame for their marriage and will end up divorced.

          you do know she moved out and wasn’t thrown out right?
          nah you don’t care.

          imfine in reply to Sanddog. | March 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm

          Yeah watch the court proceeding, although they didn’t seek an eviction, they ordered out of the house on her 18th birthday if she didn’t stop dating her bf.

          Elliott in reply to Sanddog. | March 7, 2014 at 9:20 pm

          They did not order her out of the house. She was on school suspension, had to go to work with her dad to be supervised as part of her punishment, went out the door and drove off with her boyfriend. She went to his home, the school told her and his parents after two days that it was unseemly so she went to her girl friends house. Her parents did not know where she was until his mom called to ask they help hide the school skipping. Her parents are trying to discipline her and the other parents are trying to hide additional infractions the kids keep incurring. She did not get thrown out but ran off because she didn’t like her punishment. Then she told the school she was being abused. And it went downhill from there. The court filings are published here as public record. http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2014/03/court_papers_detail_family_history_of_nj_teen_suing_parents.html

        imfine in reply to imfine. | March 7, 2014 at 11:13 pm

        Thats the initial filing, they submitted the email as evidence during the last hearing showing that she was ordered out of the house (link above in the OP). Thanks for the link, reading the complaint, that at the time they were having martial problems to the point that the father was not living in the house. Its only after they tossed her out of the house that he moved back. Far from being a basketball player, cheerleader and honor student, she apparently part time job waitressing tables. (ohh yeah spoiled brat there with her straight A’s, work ethic and looks like in line for a basketball scholarship). As for being suspended for skipping a day of school is hardly an out of control teen. Neither is having a drink at a dance or spending time with your bf/gf. Those are typical HS teen things. Everyone agrees the girl would be living in a dorm the next year, what her parents do then?

        Apparently everyone who has had contact with this family thinks that this girl is in a messed up home and should not go back, including the school. which makes perfect sense. Parents routinely take out their marital problems on their kids, because its easier, they’re there and they can’t (or won’t) fight back. wow, now they got her, NO HS diploma or college for you! This is some real psycho stuff.

        Lets describe the daughter about whats objectively true

        – Honors student
        – Has a Boyfriend
        – Works as s Waitress
        – Cheerleader
        – Basketball player
        – Suspended for playing hooky in her senior year and suspended for having a drink at the October dance

        Deosn’t sound too spoiled there, actually sounds like a hard working teen

        Parents
        – Separated
        – Outraged over daughters boyfriend
        – Drives daughter out of house
        – Tries to deprive daughter of HS diploma
        – Tries to deprive her of college
        – Family friend takes daughter in

        hmm there may be something there.

    Elliott in reply to imfine. | March 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I thought it was a family matter unless it was a divorce in NJ based upon court decision precedent. These parents are still married. In my state it is part of the divorce and negotiated and in intact marriages it is no ones business but the parents decide how their joint income is used as children are not a co-equal party in a intact marriage.

      imfine in reply to Elliott. | March 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      I am not sure of the specifics, but in NJ, a higher education is considered a human right, and i think even in the case of an intact marriage, you can still sue. I think the reasoning for this, is that don’t want to add an incentive to postpone divorce right until after they hit 18.

        Elliott in reply to imfine. | March 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm

        Higher education is a privilege. I do not think anything in NJ or any other state law says it is a human right. Emancipation will allow her to pursue whatever she wants irregardless of what her parents can afford with two younger children to educate also. She does not have the human right to financially decimate her family and deny opportunities to her younger siblings by hogging the family resources without their consent.

          Elliott in reply to Elliott. | March 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

          It appears that this girl is trying to divorce her parents. The problem is that she is not a spouse so she can’t claim community property or alimony. Maybe we are seeing a new legal theory develop.

          imfine in reply to Elliott. | March 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm

          I think at this point what she was arguing, is that she under law must be supported until she graduates HS or is expelled. In the run up to this Her parents sent her an email that stated she must stop dating her boyfriend or she is evicted from the house. So it would appear as if they were indeed liable at this point.

    rantbot in reply to imfine. | March 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    would like to collect on SS and Medicare . . . so they can collect those free checks and benefits.

    SS and MC are free? When did that happen? I had to pay for mine. I paid rather a lot, actually, and for a looooong time.

      imfine in reply to rantbot. | March 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Perhaps you missed the many articles on this site, but SS and Medicare are just welfare benefits, yes you have paid into it, but your not paying for yourself, your paying for someone else.

You know, whenever I see things like this, I always shake my head in total incomprehension.

Do these people not understand that everything they’re doing is now a matter of public record FOREVER?

Congratulations. You have established that you are a whiny, entitled, immature child that sues people over imagined slights.

Good luck getting even a half decent job or finding any significant other willing to risk your past.

After my Sophomore year in H.S., my mother informed me I would be attending a private school the next year. The tuition was north of $1700, and that I would be paying half.

It wasn’t a question.

Best thing that ever happened to me.

Nobody has a right to a college education. Anyone in America can get a bachelor’s degree however, unless they disqualify themselves through bad behavior. Community Colleges are ubiquitous, and affordable if the student is working on the side. If the student can’t afford tuition while paying for housing and food, they can take a government loan, though you should avoid it. By being careful and achieving the right balance of work and education, a bachelor’s degree is easily available. You don’t have to have one at 22. Take night school while you work on building your career with experience and reputation. Make your education a part of your career rather than a precursor to it. Learn things that make you more valuable to your current employer, or more attractive to a future employer.

Your parents enabled you to survive to adulthood. You may not like them and they may never have been all that loving or caring, but that is how the world works, and now you’re responsible for the next chapter in your life, and all the ones ahead of it. We’re all damaged goods, friends. Wisdom and faith in God will help you overcome your defects and help you to succeed. When you finally accept that all of the responsibility belongs to you, then you will find that all of the capacity belongs to you as well, and you’ll become a person worthy of respect, both from others and from yourself.

    platypus in reply to Immolate. | March 8, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Based on your comment, I can see that God has richly blessed you. BTW, I never saw anything in Moses’ farewell speech that indicated being blessed would be pain-free. Conversely, I never saw anything that indicated that being cursed would be painful. Yet we usually infer those conditions into his warnings.

      Immolate in reply to platypus. | March 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Coincidentally, my daily bible readings are taking me through the latter chapters of Deuteronomy today, so your example is apt.

I really don’t know whether the page is a fake or not; but I have known people who may or may not have had fake pages; but are guilty as you know what. She may only be 18, but she is also old enough to know right from wrong. Through all of this, her parents seemed willing to pay for her education; however, due to not wanting to obey their rules in their home; let her go out and fend for herself.

Juba Doobai! | March 8, 2014 at 1:27 pm

What I find interesting is how old this girl and the lawyer’s two daughters look. I mean, the look like they’ve been around the block a time or three. Very little sweet innocence there.

    Elliott in reply to Juba Doobai!. | March 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Hard drinking puts the years on you fast. It did me before I gave it up. Looking forty when you are thirty will sober you the hell up.

IMO it is a tad unreasonable for the parents to refuse to pay her current hs bill since she started that program while under their influence.

While it is true that NJ tends to consider funding a kid’s college expenses a requirement, there also is a consideration whether the child and parents are estranged. Since little missy has hauled her spoiled self off to live with some other family and feels she is no longer required to follow her parents rules that may amount to emancipation.

For all her good grades etc you’d have thought she’d be smart enough to do what so many of her peers do – fake the appearance of following the rules. Then when she left to attend college she would have the freedom she thinks she is owed.

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