Teen Who Sued Parents Gets Restraining Order Against Boyfriend They Fought Over
07/24/2014 AT 08:10 AM EDT
The New Jersey teen who sued her mother and father this year, claiming they cut off her college tuition and financial support in part because she refused to break up with Lucas Kitzmiller, has now gotten a restraining order against Kitzmiller following an altercation last weekend.
Rachel Canning, 18, of Lincoln Park, accuses Kitzmiller, 18, of choking her during an argument after midnight last Saturday night, her father, Sean Canning, tells USA Today.
Canning was allegedly assaulted on the street and fled in her car to Denville Police headquarters. She filed a domestic violence complaint and got a temporary restraining order against Kitzmiller.
Canning reconciled with her parents and moved back in with them shortly after a judge rejected her motion in March. Since then, things have been peaceful at home, Sean Canning says – even as Rachel continued to see Kitzmiller off and on.
"She has repaired her relationship with us," Sean Canning says. "She went off the deep end in the past, but things are good now. We said to her, 'Listen, you're an adult. You make your own choices.' "
Canning, a graduate of Morris Catholic High School, is headed to Western New England University this fall on a $56,000 scholarship.