A Cincinnati college student has obtained a restraining order against her helicopter parents who followed her around campus and spied on her electronically.
Aubrey Ireland, 21, told a court hearing her parents would regularly drive 600 miles from Leawood, Kan., unannounced to visit her and accuse of her of drug abuse, mental illness and promiscuity, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Ireland denied the claims, so they went to the head of her music department to complain their daughter had mental issues. They threatened to take her to court to force her to get treated.
They got these ideas from the personal details they gleaned about Ireland while spying on her via electronic monitoring software they secretly installed in her phone and laptop, the parents admitted at the Oct. 9 hearing.
Ireland -- who makes the Dean's list every semester and stars regularly in musical theatre performances -- testified she felt like "a dog with a collar on."
The situation got so out of control, the school hired security guards to keep the pair out of their daughter's theatre performances.
The parents have been ordered to stay at least 500 feet away from her and have no contact with her until at least Sept. 23, 2013.
They, in turn, cut off her tuition and demanded she pay back the $66,000 US they'd already shelled out.
A judge ruled against the demand and the school offered the young woman a scholarship for her final year.