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Student Mistaken for NJ Teen Who Sued Parents

A 22-year-old University of South Florida student found herself on the wrong end of a social media frenzy involving a teenager with the same name who made headlines for suing her parents

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    Rachel Canning, 18.

    A 22-year-old University of South Florida student found herself on the wrong end of a social media frenzy involving a teenager with the same name who made headlines for suing her parents.

    When Florida's Rachel Canning checked her Instagram account Monday night, she had 200 pending "follow" requests.

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    Commenters confused the student with an 18-year-old New Jersey teen whose claims were denied Tuesday by a judge, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

    Rachel Canning said people also left profanity-laced comments on a Facebook page she used to campaign for homecoming queen.

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    Canning said the online bullying is disturbing. But at a commenter's suggestion, she decided to channel the traffic for a good cause. She posted a link to her fundraising page for the group Autism Speaks and has almost met her $150 goal.