21-Year-Old Gets Restraining Order Against Her Parents for Stalking [VIDEO]
Usually people obtain restraining orders against domestic violence within the family or between a boyfriend and girlfriend. But this story is about a 21-year-old getting a restraining order against her parents -- for stalking!
Earlier this month, Judge Jody Luebbers ruled in favor of 21-year-old, Aubrey Ireland, a theatre major at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. The judge ordered that her parents must stay at least 500 feet from their only child until September 2013. Aubrey Ireland felt her parents were trying to control every aspect of her life, to the point that it was excessive.
According to the Huffington Post, Aubery feels just because the parents agreed to pay for her college tuition and living expenses, that they could control all aspects of her life.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Ireland told the court that despite making the dean's list, her parents would routinely drive 600 miles from Kansas to Ohio to make unannounced visits to her at school. Then they accused her of illegal drug use, promiscuity and mental illness.
Her parents allegedly became so overbearing that they installed keylogging software on her computer and cell phone to keep track of her every move. Aubrey claims she has had to Skype with her mom all night so her mother would know where she was at during the night.
Audrey also claims that her parents, David and Julie Ireland, have been diagnosed with co-dependency disorder. Her parents, however, say their daughter is just a good actor, and is lying.
Because Aubrey has cut all ties with them in a very public way, they now want a refund of the $66,000 they've already paid toward her education.
Aubrey insists this was her last resort, telling the Huffington Post;
"I never wanted this to happen, that's the last thing I wanted. But I wasn't in control of my life at all anymore. I knew that they were holding me back emotionally, mentally, and professionally and that it got to the point where that was basically my last option.
Psychologists say boundaries can be tricky for parents with college-age children. Sometimes parents just don't know when to let go, but it's rare when a judge needs to intervene.
Both the school and the court have sided with Aubrey. What are your thoughts? Have you or anyone you know, experienced anything like this?