21-year-old Aubrey Ireland, a student at the prestigious College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, has received a stalking order against her parents who admitted to placing tracking devices in her cellphone and laptop.
Ireland has been a model student, having made the Dean’s List every quarter as a musical theater major. Even though her schoolwork was spot on, her parents would drive hundreds of miles from their home in Kansas to visit Aubrey unannounced. During these visits they would accuse their daughter of promiscuity, having metal health issues and the abuse of illicit drugs.
Ireland denied these allegations from her own parents but they remained unfazed. David and Julie Ireland went as far as informing Aubrey’s department head that she had mental issues that could force them to go to court to have her treated.
In a court hearing on October 9 Aubrey stated:
“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’s parents became such a nuisance that the school had to hire security guards to keep them away from her performances. She cut off contact with them and in retaliation they stopped paying tuition. The school stepped in and decided to provide the outstanding student a full scholarship for her senior year.
When her parents threatened to have her admitted for mental evaluations, Aubrey took the drastic measure of filing a stalking order against her own mom and dad. The sides were asked to work out a settlement before an upcoming court hearing and Julie Ireland informed her daughter’s attorney that she and David were seeking $66,000 in return compensation for moneys they had spent on her tuition.
When an intervention specialist stepped in informing the parents that they were the problem and not their daughter, the Irelands said that Aubrey was, “a good actor and lying.”
A judge has now ruled that Aubrey Ireland is an adult and should be free to live the life she chooses. In order for her to be able to do this the court ruled that her parents have to stay at least 500 feet away from her physically and that they are to have zero contact with her until at least September of 2013.