College student Aubrey Ireland has won a restraining order against her parents.
The 21-year-old music theater major at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati was basically being stalked by her own parents and described herself as a dog with a collar on, reports The Huffington Post.
Her parents were clearly not comfortable that their daughter was not in Kansas anymore (literally, as they would drive 600 miles from Kansas to Cincinnati to check up on her). David and June Ireland remained suspicious of their daughter, despite her making the dean's list and being an exemplary student.
Aubrey Ireland told the court that her parents would routinely make unannounced visits to accuse her of illegal drug use, promiscuity, and mental illness, according to HuffPo. Maybe they should look in the mirror on that last charge.
Because they couldn't make the 600-mile drive every day, Ireland's parents even allegedly installed keylogging software on her computer and cell phone to track her every move, reports HuffPo.
Things got so bad that the university had to hire security guards to keep Ireland's parents away from her performances in school productions. And when Ireland cut off all contact with her parents, they responded by stopping payment on her school tuition.
Aubrey Ireland eventually sought court intervention, and a judge sided with her. In the civil stalking order, Ireland's parents were ordered to stay at least 500 feet away from their daughter. Additionally, they are to have no contact with her until September 2013, reports HuffPo.
And to show that there is light somewhere over the rainbow for this Kansas girl, the University of Cincinnati granted Ireland a full scholarship her senior year. So her "stalker" parents' tactics of tightening the purse strings to control their daughter will no longer be so effective.
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