You’re Going To Have A Hard Time Having Sympathy For Runaway Rachel Canning

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According to the report, Rachel’s parents were on vacation in Las Vegas when she was found to be drunk at the homecoming dance. This is where this whole case gets tricky for me. Rachel was ordered to call her parents in the presence of a teacher from the dance, and when she reached them by cell phone they yelled obscenities at her. Now, I’m sorry, but parents, really think about this. You go out of town with your spouse and you get a phone call that your kid, who has gotten in trouble before, is drunk at a school dance, so what do you do? I think swearing a lot is probably a pretty reasonable reaction. When the teacher overheard the phone call, she alerted the Department of Children and Families who met with the family and cleared them of any wrongdoing. The report states that the caseworker said that Rachel was spoiled.

So we have parents who have decided to put some rules down, and a kid who didn’t like it, so she ran away from home. The judge assigned to the case is none too pleased with it either, and has stated that:

‘What kind of parents would the Canning’s be if they didn’t try to set down some strict rules?


A phone message left for Liz Canning, Rachel’s mother, was submitted to the court where Rachel stated:

‘Hi mom just to let you know you’re a real fucking winner aren’t you you think you’re so cool and you think you caught me throwing up in the bathroom after eating an egg frittatta, yeah sorry that you have problems now and you need to harp on mine because i didn’t and i actually took a shit which i really just wanna shit all over your face right now because it looks like that anyway, anyway i fucking hate you and um I’ve written you off so don’t talk to me, don’t do anything I’m blocking you from just about everything, have a nice life, bye mom’

Rachel has two younger sisters at home.

Now, I know we don’t know all the details in the case. It’s fair to say that because of this there could be deeper issues at hand, and a dad serving alcohol to his young daughter does trouble me. But I agree with the judge in the case who stated:

‘We have to ask ourselves, do we want to establish a precedent where parents live in constant fear of enforcing the basic rules of the house. If they set a rule a child doesn’t like, the child can move out, move in with another family, seek child support, cars, cell phone and a few hundred grand to go to college.

‘Counsel, also needs to ask themselves, what is the next step…. Are we going to open the gates for a 12-year-old to sue for an Xbox, a 13-year-old to sue for an iPhone… what about a 15-year-old asking for a 60 inch TV….

‘I want both counsels to think of the potential slippery slope here.

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