Paris Hilton Supports Missouri Boarding School Background Check Bill

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Early 2000s pop culture celebrity icon Paris Hilton took to Twitter Monday to show her support for Missouri House Bill 557.

The bill would require a background check on boarding school employees. Currently, under state law, Missouri reform schools are not required to be accredited.

Rep. Rudy Veit (R-Wardsville) and Rep. Keri Ingle (D-Lee’s Summit) are the sponsors of the bill. They introduced the law after former students reported abuse at the Circle of Hope Girls’ Ranch in Cedar County.

“We know that some of these children are not in some of these homes because they were perfect angels, we know they have problems and we think the spirituality of these programs allows many of them to. see a different way of life, ”Viet said. noted.

In a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday, former students pleaded with lawmakers to bring the legislation to the finish line.

“Please put the rules in place and get these kids out,” said Emily Adams.

Joseph Askins arrived from Pennsylvania to testify to senators about his stay at a Missouri residential school.

“Imagine if one of your kids had a problem and it was a last resort, these places have to stay up, they have to stay open to people of last resort, but they have to follow a structured routine,” Askins said. . “I know animals that are better treated than the students of Agape.

The law would notify the state of the existence of these boarding schools and require schools to conduct background checks.

Missouri is just one of two states that does not control residential schools.

Carol C. Reed