When one thinks of a stalker, one usually thinks of a crazed fan, a creepy stranger or a overzealous ex-boyfriend. You generally don’t equate a stalker with your own mom or dad. In some ways all parents stalk their kids. But Aubrey Ireland claimed her parents were really stalking her in a destructive and devious way and she wasn’t alone in her opinion — a judge agreed with her.
Aubrey’s parents had been very supportive of their only child and her quest to be a singer and actress. Aubrey had earned scholarships at various colleges, instead Aubrey attended the prestigious College-Conservatory of Music which her parents paid for. Reportedly, the 21-year-old found that dealing with her parents after she left the nest had become increasingly stressful and bizarre.
“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 court.
Aubrey was doing great in school, both with her grades and her musical efforts, but her parents would still drive 600 miles from their home in Kansas, without warning, to check on Aubrey. They also installed monitoring software on her laptop and her phone, so they could keep track of all her communications. Her parents would accuse her of using drugs, of being promiscuous and of being mentally unstable. Aubrey denied all their claims. Her parents even went to the heads of her school telling them she needed to be mentally checked out. When Aubrey challenged their overbearing ways, her parents refused to pay for their daughter’s last year of school. But the school stepped in and gave Aubrey a full scholarship for her last year and also hired security to keep her parents out of her performances.
Her parents claimed they weren’t doing anything wrong, “She’s an only child who was catered to all her life by loving parents,” Ireland’s mother said in court. “We’re not bothering her. We’re not a problem.”
The judge thought they were indeed a problem and her parents were ordered to stay at least 500 feet away from Aubrey and have no contact with her until at least Set. 23, 2013.
Do you think parents can be accused of being stalkers?
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