Florida Student Mistaken for Teen Who Sued Parents

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -

A 22-year-old University of South Florida student found herself on the wrong end of a social media frenzy involving a teenager with the same name who made headlines for suing her parents.

Rachel Canning said her page typically got three views a day. But her last post, which explained that she was not the 18-year-old New Jersey teen whose demand for parental support was denied Tuesday by a judge, was seen by more than 10,000 users.

Canning’s mother said she finds it ironic that people confused her daughter.

“I’m not commenting on somebody else’s Rachel, but I think it’s hilarious that people that think it’s my Rachel,” said Mary Canning. “She’s like the nicest daughter on the planet … I’m lucky she’s my kid.”