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  • ‘A big burden lifted’: Ex-students who accused Agape school of abuse settle lawsuits

    03/09/2023 2:24:42 PM PST · by Morgana
    Kansas City Star via MSN ^ | March 8, 2023 | Judy L. Thomas, Laura Bauer,
    Sixteen former Agape Boarding School students who sued for alleged abuse at the southwest Missouri school have settled their cases for undisclosed amounts. The number represents about two-thirds of the two dozen lawsuits filed against Agape Baptist Church, the organization that operated the now-closed school near Stockton in Cedar County. Court records show that the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their cases “with prejudice,” meaning the suits cannot be filed again. Four cases were dismissed in January and refiled in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and four are pending in state court. The newly settled cases, filed since...
  • Missouri (Agape) boarding school under investigation will shut down

    01/11/2023 1:22:40 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    AP ^ | January 11, 2023 | Jim Satler
    A Christian boarding school in Missouri that’s been under intense scrutiny over abuse allegations announced Wednesday that it will close later this month due to financial hardship. Agape Boarding School in Stockton has been the subject of state and location investigations and several lawsuits from former students. It will stop providing service effective Jan. 20, according to a statement from the school for boys. Attendance at Agape plummeted after abuse allegations surfaced. Agape had 132 students 13 months ago, its lawyer, John Schultz said. It now has 12. The school’s focus now is “on getting the boys who remain in...
  • Inside the Christian Reform School From Hell At Missouri’s Agapé school, a devout Baptist boarding facility for boys, students say they were subjected to isolation, restraints, and treatment that bordered on torture 

    01/06/2023 4:44:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 5, 2023 | Adam Piore
    W hen Andrew Breshears arrived at the Agapé Boarding School in 2018, he was a sandy-haired 12-year-old who weighed less than 100 pounds. He enjoyed watching movies, listening to Elvis, and playing soccer with his friends. “I was sheltered,” Breshears says. But he struggled at home. When he was told he couldn’t live with his mother after her stint in rehab, he threatened to kill himself, and another person from the household. His grandparents sent him to a mental hospital, then to Agapé. At first glance, the facility for “at-risk and unmotivated boys” — a Baptist institution in Stockton, Missouri...
  • KSP investigating Ohio County boarding school for abuse

    12/21/2022 1:44:13 AM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Messenger Inquirer ^ | December 3, 2022 | Ken Silva Messenger-Inquirer
    Kentucky State Police responded to a first-degree criminal abuse complaint Oct. 24 at the Pilgrims Rest Ministry of Reconciliation, an Ohio County boys boarding school affiliated with the fundamentalist Baptist faith. Details of the incident are unclear. Both KSP and the state’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) have declined to provide information about the case — citing an ongoing investigation into the facility. “Premature disclosure of records generated in the course of this active investigation of alleged physical and sexual abuse of juveniles, at this early stage, would do irreparable harm to the investigation,” said KSP’s official custodian of...
  • Longtime Agape (Boarding School) director testifies in Missouri court to stay off child abuse registry

    12/15/2022 10:15:39 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    FOX 2 ^ | December 14, 2022 | Clara Bates, Missouri Independent
    The former director of Agape Boarding School pleaded with a Cole County judge on Monday to keep himself off the state’s central registry of child abuse and neglect, so he can keep working with children. Bryan Clemensen was the long-time director of the Stockton-based reform school for troubled boys until last month, he testified Monday. The Missouri Department of Social Services says it substantiated five preponderances of evidence findings against Clemensen — one count of child neglect and four of physical abuse. The department is seeking to add Clemensen’s name to the state’s child abuse and neglect central registry, a...
  • 2 plead to misdemeanors in Missouri boarding school case

    12/11/2022 1:27:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    AP News ^ | December 9, 2022 | staff
    OZARK, Mo. (AP) — Two men who were facing felony charges alleging they abused boys at a private Christian boarding school in southwest Missouri have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors, and the case against a third was dropped. Scott Dumar, 46, the medical coordinator at the Agape Boarding School near Stockton, pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanors and was placed on two years probation. Everett Graves, 40, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor. The case against Chris McElroy was dropped after the alleged victim did not appear at a preliminary hearing Thursday, The Kansas City Star reported. They were among five staff...
  • Boarding school leader gets temporary order to keep name off Missouri abuse registry

    12/01/2022 1:43:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | December 1, 2022
    Agape Boarding School’s longtime leader recently filed for a temporary restraining order against the state to keep his name off Missouri’s Central Registry for child abuse and neglect. Bryan Clemensen filed a motion for the restraining order on Nov. 22 in Cole County Circuit Court. The next day, Judge Brian Stumpe granted the order and the Missouri Department of Social Services, which maintains the registry, received a summons. “It is therefore Ordered that Respondent be and is hereby restrained from listing Petitioner on the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry,” according to a docket entry on the state’s online...
  • Former Ohio children's minister, boarding school worker facing 215 child porn charges in Alabama

    11/22/2022 5:51:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | November 22, 2022 | ilar Arias | Fox News
    An Alabama man charged last week with 215 counts of possession of child pornography once worked at a boarding school in Missouri and had been a children's minister in the state of Ohio, according to reports. The Rainsville Police Department says Steve Robert Wukmer, 66, was arrested at his place of employment in Fort Payne just before noon Nov. 15. The investigation into Wukmer began earlier in the month after police received a tip. Wukmer once worked at Agape Boarding School in southwest Missouri, former students told The Kansas City Star. "This guy was a full-time staff member at Agape...
  • Missouri appeals court to Agape (Boarding School) judge: halt all action in case until further notice

    11/12/2022 2:25:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | November 3, 2022 | Judy L. Thomas and Laura Bauer
    Editor’s note: this story has been updated to clarify the appeals court order, which halts any action in the case until further notice. The Missouri Court of Appeals has ordered a Cedar County judge to halt all further action in the Agape Boarding School case until it issues a final decision on a recent motion. “You are directed to refrain from taking further action,” the appellate court wrote in a ruling that was issued Wednesday, “ ... until further order of this court.” In what is called a preliminary writ of prohibition, the appellate court said the only action Associate...
  • California mom is charged with arranging ABDUCTION of her estranged son, 17, after he applied for emancipation: Team handcuffed him and drove him 27 HOURS to Missouri boarding school for troubled teens

    09/06/2022 12:56:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | September 2, 2022 | Sophie Mann
    A California mom arranged for her estranged son to be abducted after he applied for emancipation, with the youngster then driven 27 hours to a boarding school. Shana Gaviola, 35, is said to have embarked on the scheme in August 2021 on learning the unnamed 17 year-old boy wanted to legally break away from her. Gaviola, of Fresno, has been charged with violating a protective over the incident by a federal court, and remains in custody. The boy, who had successfully applied for a restraining order against Gaviola, was approached by a 'transfer team' from the Agapé Boarding School for...
  • Tough discussions coming for states after Roe v. Wade decision

    07/04/2022 10:52:27 AM PDT · by ancientart · 7 replies
    Aberdeen American News ^ | July 3, 2022 | Art Marmorstein
    In around 1485 or 1486, Florentine artist Sandro Botticelli came up with probably his most famous painting, the "Birth of Venus." Botticelli’s choice of subject was nothing new. Venus and her equivalents, including the Greek Aphrodite and the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar, are among the most common figures depicted in art. Archaeologists dub one of the oldest of all sculptures, the “Venus of Willendorf,” on the assumption that this 25,000-year-old work was intended to represent a Stone Age fertility goddess similar to the Venus of later tradition. In virtually all civilizations, a Venus equivalent plays a prominent role in myth, legend...
  • Former Agape students say video proves abuse, demand Missouri school be shut down

    06/23/2022 7:09:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | June 23, 2022 | Judy L. Thomas and Laura Bauer
    A newly surfaced video that shows what many describe as abuse of a boy at Agape Boarding School in the late 1990s has renewed calls to close the school. In the footage, a man who former students say is Frank Burton — a long-time pastor at the Cedar County school — can be seen forcing a boy wearing a bathrobe to run alongside him around the perimeter of an outdoor volleyball court, which also served as the school’s boot camp area. It’s been common practice at the school to make boys wear robes if they were on suicide watch or...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'It's a cult that brainwashes kids into believing they deserve abuse.' Students at Christian boarding school were made to roll around in CAMEL DUNG to 'build character' and forced to eat moldy beans as punishment, lawsuit claims

    06/22/2022 5:54:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 55 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 22, 2022 | Sandra Clark
    Students at a controversial school for troubled boys were made to roll around in camel waste to 'build character,' outraged parents have told Agapé Boarding School for Boys in Stockton, Missouri, is currently facing 19 lawsuits alleging torture, starvation, as well as sexual, emotional, and physical abuse. Five new lawsuits were filed in the state last week by former students from California, Texas, Florida, and Mississippi, who attended the school from 2014 until now. The students accuse Agapé Boarding School and the Agapé Church of negligence, battery by staff and fellow students, torture and starvation, according to legal documents...
  • 9 more lawsuits filed against Agape Boarding School in Cedar County, Mo.

    04/09/2022 12:15:54 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    KY3 ^ | April 8, 2022 | Michael Van Schoik
    CEDAR COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) - Several more former students of a boy’s Christian boarding school in Cedar County are filing lawsuits. The group claims a wide range of abuse, from starvation to physical and emotional abuse. ”For nearly three decades, students at Agape Boarding School have experienced emotional, mental, physical and sexual abuse,” the group’s attorney, Ryan Frazier, said in a statement to KY3 on Friday. “Today, we filed petitions in Cedar County for nine of those victims, to pursue justice for the trauma they endured and to have their voices heard.” Robert Bucklin went to the school from age...
  • Stockton, Mo doctor captured in Harrison, Ark

    12/28/2021 11:35:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    KY3 ^ | December 29, 2021 | Marina Silva
    HARRISON, Ark. (KY3) - A Stockton, Mo doctor who has had a warrant out for his arrest was captured Tuesday night in Harrison, Arkansas. David Smock, 57, was booked into the Boone County Jail just before 8:30 on Tuesday night. He is currently being held on out of state charges. He has a court appearance for Wednesday morning in Greene County. KY3 News learned of eight new charges filed by a special prosecutor, including one count of sexual misconduct, five counts of statutory sodomy, one count of child molestation, and a count of child enticement. Smock also faces charges of...
  • Special prosecutor adds 8 new charges against Stockton, Mo. doctor on the run from law enforcement

    12/28/2021 6:29:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    KY3 ^ | December 28, 2021 | STAFF
    STOCKTON, Mo. (KY3) - A special prosecutor filed eight new charges against a Stockton doctor wanted for sex crimes while associated with the Agape Boarding School. Dr. David Smock, 56, is on the run from law enforcement. KY3 News learned of eight new charges filed by a special prosecutor, including one count of sexual misconduct, five counts of statutory sodomy, one count of child molestation, and a count of child enticement. Smock also faces charges of second-degree statutory sodomy, third-degree child molestation of a child less than 14 years of age, and enticement or attempted enticement of a child less...
  • Texas teen with autism sues Missouri boarding school

    08/26/2021 10:24:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    kmov4 ^ | aug. 16, 2021 | staff
    <p>STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — A Christian boarding school in southwest Missouri has been sued three times this month over allegations that students were abused.</p><p>The latest of the lawsuits was filed Tuesday in Cedar County Circuit Court on behalf of a Texas teen with autism and bipolar disorder. It accuses Agape Baptist Church, which operates Agape Boarding School, of negligence, infliction of emotional distress and battery by staff and other students, The Kansas City Star reports.</p>
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