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Lawyer: School Helped Rachel Canning Leave Home

The lawyer who represented Rachel Canning in the lawsuit against her parents says staff at Morris Catholic High School encouraged her to leave her home and sought another place for her to stay.

(L-R) Rachel Canning, John Inglesino, Rachel's attorney, Sean & Elizabeth Canning, attorney, Elizabeth Canning, Sean Canning
(L-R) Rachel Canning, John Inglesino, Rachel’s attorney, Sean & Elizabeth Canning, attorney, Elizabeth Canning, Sean Canning (CBS New York)

In an opinion piece for the Star-Ledger, attorney Tanya N. Helfand writes that after her parents Sean and Elizabeth cut off financial support at the start of her senior year due to unspecified differences, “Rachel was also advised by a school teacher and psychologist not to return home due to this conflict.”

Helfand writes that school staffers “proactively reached out to a number of families looking for a place for Rachel to stay in the interim.”

Rachel moved in with the Inglesino family and lived with them until recently when the emancipation lawsuit she filed against her parents gained national attention. “Their kind and generous deed should only be viewed positively,” wrote Helfand. John Inglesino, a former Morris County Freeholder, paid for Rachel’s legal representation.

The 18-year-old dropped the lawsuit against her parents earlier this week that sought to force them to pay child support, her tuition at Morris Catholic High School, future college tuition and her legal fees and has moved back to her parents Lincoln Park home.

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