MO House Committee Approves Bills to Regulate Religious Boarding Schools

A state House committee has voted unanimously today to pass two bills that aim to keep tabs on unregulated faith-based boarding schools in Missouri.

Religious boarding schools in Missouri are currently exempt from state regulations and have received national attention for decades of alleged child abuse and neglect. Former students from across the country attended a recent Missouri House committee hearing and said they were beaten, starved, restrained, forced to eat their own vomit, and put in isolation for days or even months.

The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rudy Veit (veet) of Wardsville and Democrat Keri Ingle of Lee’s Summit, would require background checks for all employees and volunteers of these schools. They would also require the schools to provide medical records of all residents, agree to safety inspections, and notify the state of their existence. The bills head to another House committee for consideration.