MO Children’s Division Work being Reviewed after Boarding School Abuse Allegations Flew Under the Radar

The work of the Missouri Children’s Division is being reviewed after abuse allegations involving several faith-based boarding schools went under the public’s radar for years. An investigation by the Kansas City Star has found students at some of these places have been beaten, raped, starved, restrained, and isolated. During a Missouri House committee hearing, Maysville State Representative J. Eggleston questioned Acting Director Jennifer Tidball if workers are retaliated against for talking to legislators. Tidball says they have the freedom to talk to lawmakers, but they cannot mention confidential information.

Tidball says she will email workers to make clear what they can and cannot say or do.