Aubrey Ireland is a 21-year-old musical theater major at Cincinnati‘s College-Conservatory of Music. Her parents, David and Julie Ireland, have made her life at college a living hell. Here's how, via Cincinnati.com:
- Ireland's parents, who live in Leawood, Kansas, would "regularly" drive 600 miles to Cincinnati for unannounced check-in visits.
- They accused her of using illegal drugs, promiscuity and "suffering from mental woes," despite her denials. They proceeded to tell her school's department head about her "mental issues" so they could force her to go court to be treated.
- Her parents installed keystroke monitoring software on her laptop and cellphone to track every text, e-mail, phone number, social update, homework paper, etc.
- The school was forced to hire security guards to keep Ireland's parents out of her performances.
- Her parents stopped paying tuition after she cut off contact with them. Her parents demanded their daughter repay the $66,000 spent in college tuition over three years. A judge denied that request. Fortunately, the school gave her a full scholarship to finish her senior year.
Ireland, an adult capable of her own decisions, went to court for civil stalking and was granted a restraining order against her parents. As a result, parents were ordered by the judge stay at least 500 feet away and have no contact with her until at least Sept. 23, 2013. Some of the quotes in the Cincinnati.com article are quite haunting. In particular:
After an intervention failed when the interventionists told the parents they, not their daughter, were the issue, the Irelands said their daughter was “a good actor and lying.”
“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,” Aubrey Ireland said in an Oct. 9 court hearing.
Awful thing to have to deal with in college, the so-called "best four years" of a young person's life. Really scary stuff. Glad Ireland was able to do something about it.