On September 2, 2021, new allegations have spurred another lawsuit against the Missouri-based Agape Boarding School. The private boarding school for troubled boys is owned by Agape Baptist Church, Inc. and is located at 12998 E 1400 Rd, Stockton, MO 65785.
The boarding school has recently had former students come forward alleging they were victims of abuse while under custody at the facility. The most recent lawsuit states that the victim, represented by Monsees & Mayer, P.C., was a student at the school from August 2019 through the Spring of 2021, when the abuse took place. The lawsuit claims that the victim endured multiple incidents of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of the staff.
The victim also alleges that no actions were taken to prevent the abuse nor to stop it from continuing. Instead, the victim accused the boarding school of using punishment to prevent him from reporting the abuse to the public.
Learn more about this lawsuit, in addition to the other two brought against Agape, at https://abuseguardian.com/agape-boarding-school-abuse-lawsuit-stockton-missouri-facility-under-investigation/
Multiple victims abused at Agape Boarding School have retained the counsel of Attorney Reed Martens of Monsees & Mayer P.C.
The private Christian boarding school caters to troubled boys ranging from 12 to 18 years old. The school was founded 30 years ago and claims to offer positive spiritual and emotional growth in addition to its academic program. The facility states it is equipped to work with those that have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, and ODD disorders. The boarding school sits on a 200-acres ranch that boasts about its superb security and discipline tactics.
Another former student has retained the legal representation of abuse attorney Reed Martens of Monsees & Mayer P.C. The student alleges he suffered multiple incidents of physical, emotional, and even sexual abuse while in the care of the boarding school.
Schools are legally responsible for providing safety to students on the campus. Boarding schools have a greater responsibility due to the students being cared for 24 hours each day. Schools are urged to implement safety measures such as security monitoring cameras, utilizing an efficient reporting system, and conducting background checks on all staff to prevent abuse.
Previous allegations were brought against Jacob Mayer, a former staff member at the boarding school. Mayer plead guilty to several felony charges of child molestation. The victim's guardians were not made aware of this incident as he was enrolled into the program.
Agape has been charged with allowing both the facility's staff and other classmates to abuse students while under their care. The victim alleges that the abuse was ongoing from 2019 to 2021, and he was prevented from reporting it by patterns of punishment carried out by the staff. Failure to report known abuse is a form of negligence that can be held against the facility.
Anyone that feels they were victimized by the staff or other classmates at Agape are encouraged to contact an experienced abuse attorney.