A college student at the University of Cincinnati was forced to seek a restraining order against her helicopter parents. Helicopter is a term used to describe parents of adult kids who can’t let go and spend too much time “hovering” over their kids.
Aubrey Ireland, 21, is a music theater major at College-Conservatory of Music. Ireland went before a judge and received a temporary restraining order against her parents, David and Julie Ireland.
In her court documents, Ireland claimed that her parents stalked her, accused her of using illegal drugs, promiscuity and suffering from emotional woes. Yet, Aubrey Ireland consistently made the dean’s list.
According to Ireland, David and Julie Ireland would routinely drive 600 miles to Ohio just for unannounced visits and event went to her department heads to tell them she had mental issues that may take court interference to enforce treatment.
In an Oct. 9 court hearing, Ireland testified before the judge. “It’s just been really embarrassing and upsetting to have my parents come to my university when I’m a grown adult and just basically slander my name and follow me around.”
According to court documents, Ireland’s parents installed monitoring software on her laptop and cell phone. They intent was to read her messages, know who she called and texted.
Ireland described the monitoring by saying, “it was like I was a dog with a collar on.” The school hired special security guards to ensure that David and Julie Ireland out of their daughter’s performances.
In return, David and Julie Ireland refused to pay the remainder of her tuition yet according to them they did it because she cut off all contact with them. Aubrey Ireland only had one year of school left.
The university made the decision to give Aubrey Ireland a full scholarship so she could finish her senior year and get her degree. After being left with no other options, Ireland filed for a protection order against her parents.
The judge granted the restraining order on the grounds of stalking and ordered that the couple can have no contract with Ireland until September 2013. They will also be required to stay at least 500 feet away from their daughter.
Speaking with ABCNews.com, Aubrey Ireland said she never wanted any of the problems between her and her parents to happen. “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.”
Unfortunately for Ireland, her parents don’t view their behavior as a problem. Speaking out to defend herself, Aubrey Ireland’s mother Julie said, “We’re not bothering her.”
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