Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Mystery graves at reform school

"Dozens of children's bodies exhumed from old graves have begun yielding the shocking secrets of a shuttered Florida reform school, shedding light on decades of abuse, rape and deadly violence. "

"There was the 6-year-old boy who ended up dead after being sent to work as a house boy. And another boy who escaped but was later found shot to death with a blanket pulled over his body and a shotgun across his legs."

"Then there was the 'rape dungeon' where students attending the Arthur G. Dozier School were taken and sexually abused."

"What the researchers have learned about the horrific acts carried out at the now closed Marianna institution is outlined in a report released by the University of South Florida as researchers continue grappling with the mystery of the graves and deaths there...."

"The reform school for boys opened its doors in 1900 on 1,400 acres of land and closed down only in 2011 for budget reasons."

"Some former students from the 1950s and 1960s have for at least a decade accused employees and guards at the school of physical and sexual abuse, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concluded after an investigation that it couldn't substantiate or dispute the claims because too much time had passed."

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