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A high school senior's lawsuit against her parents for financial support and college tuition hit a hurdle Tuesday when a judge denied the 18-year-old girl’s request for immediate financial assistance from the parents. Do you support the decision?

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WatchDog

Mar-13-14 5:55 PM

I like that word James. Free thinkers. Thank you. I think will start using that word. The possibilities are endless and let your free mind be your guide!

Remember when it used to be like that in America? I miss the old America.

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JamesAustin

Mar-13-14 12:01 AM

I am almost at a point I don't want my kids going to college. The politics of this Country has ruined our education system. we are not educating free thinkers we are cloning their minds.

This story about this high school senior was unnerving. As a father, I would have been devastated to have this happen as a parent. It is shocking that a family could fall apart and this be the result. I am angry that this case was even heard. It was designed to be a circus for the media. These two parents, this young girl, never stood a chance and it will always be an open wound for both sides. This is sad.

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WatchDog

Mar-10-14 6:54 PM

"They think this is the only way, and they are finding out this is a lie."

Mtlhed I agree with that one 101%!

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Mtlhed

Mar-10-14 6:04 PM

In all fareness, I work in a community college system. It's not exactly Ohio State. I suspect that the kids that are actually meant for college around here are at Texas or Texas A&M. There's even Rice or U of H. The rest end up at community college. So why are they all here? Again, because it's all they've ever been told since Kindergarden. They think this is the only way, and they are finding out this is a lie.

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Beaumont

Mar-09-14 11:38 PM

"Many young 'uns would be better served in a trade or tech school."

Second that!!

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WatchDog

Mar-09-14 3:28 PM

NS, there used to be a day when society used to wish parents would spank their kids and now we grown into a society that has made spanking a crime. Gov says and the bleeding hearts declare...time outs are more effective.

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WatchDog

Mar-09-14 3:22 PM

overhead expenses to operate and the tuition expenses keep going up up and up.

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WatchDog

Mar-09-14 3:21 PM

Mtlhed I don't know if what you wrote is fascinating or disturbing or both. Guess it would be mostly on how it is viewed and how and individual could interpret it.

Those boys playing those video games. They stand a chance of making good money in the gaming industry. I about fainted when I learned the gaming software industry pays up to 60,000 a year for video game testers. Their chances for success are better than this young girl who claimed she was going to become a Biomedical engineer. Of course when the Judge asked her what that was, she had to look at her attorney and ask him "what was it again"? It was a real turning point in this case.

I think sometimes that drive by the Education system builds false hopes and the parents pay for it. The jobs are not there to go with this drive. The result is college educated kids working at fast food places. The vicious circle is coming back at around to haunt us. The schools and universities are getting their...

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questioner

Mar-08-14 4:54 PM

PS. The military can do that for people as well. (But college was better than Vietnam for him)

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questioner

Mar-08-14 4:52 PM

Didn't know that about you. What you said is all too true.

I will note that my husband said the best thing about college was that it gave him 4 years to grow up, without making any major mistakes in the "real" world. (But he did pay his own way.)

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Mtlhed

Mar-08-14 3:11 PM

I think I've mentioned this before, but I work at a college with multiple campuses. Many of these kids don't even want to be here. They're here because they've always been expected to go, so here they are. They dress like bums or high schoolers and sit around playing video games. Much of this is gov't subsidized, so for much of it, we're all paying the bill. Many of them won't even graduate. Those that do, lack experience for a job or only have the mentality to work fast food anyways. I feel sorry for some that I see, as they're wasting their time and should have just went into the workplace and got some skills in something.

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Mtlhed

Mar-08-14 3:04 PM

I think you're right that it started with the education dynasty. But it has flowed into the mainstream as an automatic and as an expectation, hence "societal." I hear it all the time on tv, radio, commercials; such as, "Kids, make sure you take your SAT and ACT and do all this stuff, because you are going to a nice expensive college, right?" Parents - invest in this and do all that because it sure is going to be expensive when you send junior off to Harvard. Phooie...!

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WatchDog

Mar-08-14 2:21 PM

questioner, that is why I say this attorney should be disbarred. He used that girl and pushed her to do this. If she would have won this case, every teen in America would be flooding his door to sue their parents. It would bankrupt and ruin families.

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WatchDog

Mar-08-14 2:16 PM

Now she owns the $12,000 bill to her boyfriends father. She is living there with no money, no job, what is the bet that relationship ends real quick! She will blame her parents for destroying her relationship with her boyfriend, move back home and all heck will break loose again.

That family will never be whole again.

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questioner

Mar-08-14 2:15 PM

Yeah, but you're forgetting that her best friend's father was the lawyer who made this case. (And stood to make a lot off of it if she won) Not sure she would have even thought of it otherwise.

We and our kids got thru school on our own too (altho our son owed the military a few years for his).

And my husband's "inheritance" was $2,000. But we didn't feel we were "owed" anything.

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WatchDog

Mar-08-14 2:08 PM

She moved out and moved in with her boyfriend, whose father just happens to be the attorney. She was definitely a defiant spoiled brat no doubt about it. She accused her parents of abuse, the school called in protective services and they investigated. One walk through in to their small modest home and then one look into her elaborate bedroom, told the entire tale. She drove a better car than her own parents.

She asked for $634 per week living and expense support, her tuition paid, healthcare and a car that actually was registered to her mom and dad, and of course, $12,000 bucks for her boyfriend's father, the attorney.

Here is the part I laughed about. She had already in the bag a full blown paid scholarship at Nebraska.

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WatchDog

Mar-08-14 1:56 PM

"Societal demand"? I think it's more the Education dynasty driven "demand". I don't care what newspaper online you go to when they ask for opinions to go with these stories. Every single one that had a connection to the Education system, was on her side and declared she should have won this case and "oh the horror of these monster parents denying her an education".

Inheritance? What inheritance? Mtlhed you probably didn't know this but her father is a retired Police Chief. That was what infuriates me about our media and how they control. At first, they pushed her as a spoiled little rich girl.

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Mtlhed

Mar-08-14 8:37 AM

I never did understand this "societal demand" that parents are expected to pay for their kid's college. My mom wouldn't pay for mine, although I didn't want to go anyways. And I didn't pay for my kids to go. And we're all doing just fine. In fact I'd say I turned out better off by never going to college. And then here's this spoiled little brat who sues her parents because she thinks she's entitled. I'd cut her off from any inheritance if she maintains this attitude.

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WatchDog

Mar-07-14 5:23 PM

Even though I am happy this judge ruled on that part, I still not happy how he ruled when it came to keeping her on the family health care plan. He ordered these parents to do this. Is there something we need to be paying attention about this? Did Obama change the ACA law again? You will keep your adult children on your health care plan and pay for it until they are 26? That will get ugly if that is the case.

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WatchDog

Mar-07-14 4:46 PM

This is so wrong on so so many levels. This whole case is disturbing. I think the attorney should have his license to practice revoked. How could that attorney morally encourage this? Can anyone fathom the flood gates of*****that precedent would have opened up? It would be like turning a family into a business transaction and here is the contract. It is bad enough so many families are falling apart. Love and family moral values are almost gone in this country. Parents are literally scared to death to discipline their kids because of fear of retribution by laws and bleeding hearts. The law grants and declares them adults at the age of 18. This country is going to the toilet and fast.

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