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Wrong Rachel Canning Turns Harassment Into Fundraising Opportunity

autism_speaks_logo_half_optBY BOB HOLT
Rachel Canning learned a lot about online bullying earlier this week, but made the most of a bad situation.

Not her. This Rachel Canning is a 22-year old senior at the University of South Florida who was paid her own share of her college tuition.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that the blond homecoming queen who is set to graduate in May received a lot of negative social media comments after being mistaken for Rachel Canning from New Jersey who is suing her parents.

USF student Rachel Canning is paying her way through college with a Florida Bright Futures scholarship, money she earns while working in the school’s Student Government and financial aid from her parents.  "She's like the nicest daughter on the planet, I'm lucky she's my kid,” Rachel’s mother Mary Canning said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Her daughter’s good nature may prove beneficial to her 19-year old brother Thomas, who is autistic. An Associated Press story in the Daily Record reported that Canning has posted a link to Autism Speaks, and will be doing a walk for her brother next month.

Canning says people left profane comments on a Facebook page she created while she was campaigning for homecoming queen. According to the Associated Press story, Canning said the homecoming page usually received about 3 visits a day, but her message explaining the mistaken identity situation was viewed by more than 10,000 users.

She graduated from Clearwater High School in 2009, and will be graduating from USF with degrees in international studies and communications, and a minor in leadership studies, according to the Tampa Bay Times.


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