New allegations in Agape lawsuits include sexual abuse, ‘pandemic’ of suicide attempts
Agape Boarding School, Stockton, Cedar County, Missouri. - Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star/TNS

New court filings reveal some of the most brutal allegations of abuse at Agape Boarding School so far, including one former student’s account that two staffers sexually assaulted him. Those details were outlined in motions filed Monday in 19 civil lawsuits requesting that the Cedar County judge overseeing those cases allow attorneys to seek punitive damages. The new allegations cover a period from 2007 to 2021 with many — including the sexual assault claim — from the past three years. Changes to Missouri law in 2020 require attorneys to file an amended petition if they are seeking punitive dam...