Researchers from the University of South Florida announced Tuesday they have exhumed the remains of 55 boys who died at the notorious state-run reform school in the Panhandle town of Marianna.
During it’s 111-year existence, the house of hell had numerous name changes: Florida Industrial School for Boys, the Florida School for Boys and the Dozier School for Boys however the horrific abuse never changed. And was only closed down in June of 2011. Boys were locked in irons, put in solitary confinement, subject to severe lashing and continuously raped by the school’s employees. And of course, murdered. Many of their families not knowing whatever happened to them. The remains were found buried throughout the grounds.
In 2008 five former victims came forward and revealed the inhumane countless physical and sexual abuse at the hands of guards. They were featured in a Tampa Bay Times series called For Their Own Good. More than 500 men have come forward with similar stories of being abused by staff at the school, according to a lawyer with Masterson & Hoag, the St. Petersburg firm representing the men.
I read the article and it was completely horrifying.
Again, I’m channeling “Dexter”…………May those kids rest in peace.
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