According to Springfield News-Leader, Springfield's FBI office is inquiring into the allegations against the private Christian boarding school. Multiple former students have come forward with ongoing lawsuits alleging the school officials allowed physical, emotional, and even sexual abuse on the campus.
At least two of the former students reported that the FBI recently contacted them regarding the allegations. If the FBI determines that the misconduct crossed state lines, the charges could fall within federal law authority purview. The two former students live outside of Missouri, one in California and the other in Michigan.
Springfield News-Leader reported that an official at the FBI in Kansas City wrote that they could not confirm an investigation at this time. However, one of the former students alleges that their officials told him that Springfield's FBI office was investigating Agape.
To learn more about the active lawsuits against Agape Boarding School: https://abuseguardian.com/
Abuse attorney Reed Martens has been retained by three victims of the alleged abuse at the Agape Boarding School. Each victim has recounted the devastating abuse they endured as students in the care of the reform school. The 30-year-old school claims to show love and care for its students, but it may be far from the case as more victims come forward. Reed has shared some information regarding the lawsuits and the legal recourse for victims of abuse in boarding schools.
"Unlike public schools, religious schools are not regulated under the same guidelines used to protect their students. In fact, Missouri implemented a law in 1982 providing religious schools with an exemption from such regulations. The Missouri Department of Social Services has recently sought to reverse this by filing emergency rules to enforce HB 557, signed July 14. This newly signed law would allow oversight for schools, like Agape, that provide 24-hour care for their students. Also included in the new law is the requirement of background checks on all staff linked to the school."
"If a school, private or public, fails to provide proper security measures or blatantly ignored previous misconduct, it may be considered negligent in a civil lawsuit. In cases of neglect, abuse victims and their families are encouraged to seek the services of an experienced abuse attorney to explore their legal options."
Cases of abuse such as this can often include a large scale of victims. If you or someone you know may have been a victim of abuse at Agape Boarding School, please reach out. Our team can connect you with information on abuse and the legal options available.