Uncut: Here endeth the lesson for NJ teen suing parents

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by JOHN McCAA

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Posted on March 7, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 8:51 PM

I still can’t believe story about the teen suing her parents because they won’t knuckle under to her wishes.

It’s this week’s Uncut commentary.

The New Jersey high school honor student got a new boyfriend, her grades slipped, and she started skipping school, so her parents told her she had to break up with the boy.

Not wanting to follow their rules, she refused and took off to live in his house for two days.

The parents responded by no longer paying her tuition at her private school, and halting any plan to pay for her college education.

She calls that unfair and wants a judge to force them to pay for it.

The most compassionate bank in America will only carry you for three months. Her Mama carried her for nine, and now this is her reward.

It’s not fun being a teen, and even good parents can get on your nerves. We’ve all been there and done that.

I used to ask my mother, "If we’re Americans, why don’t we run the house like a democracy?"

She laughed and said, "Lyndon Johnson runs everything outside this house. Your father and I run everything inside the house."

But it is their house, and their money, and their responsibility to provide you the proper to guidance to become an adult.

In the girl's defense, I will say I suspect this she was getting her way more often than not long before things got this bad... Weeds, like this bad behavior, grow from seeds -- they don’t just pop up out of nowhere.

If you really want to act like an adult, be one. Go out on your own, using your own money to pay your own bills. Just like the rest of us.

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.

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