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wow I hope these families can finally find clousure

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 12:37 AM
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Thursday, January 30 2014, 10:25 AM CST Stream Fox 17 newscasts LIVE starting with Fox 17 This Morning at 5 am and News at 9 pm. FOX News--

Researchers excavating unmarked graves at a notorious reform school in the Florida Panhandle said Tuesday that they have retrieved the remains of 55 bodies, nearly double the number originally believed to be buried there over many decades. The exhumations mark a milestone in a painstaking effort to unravel the longtime mystery of what happened to scores of children who were sent to the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla., and died.  The institution for wayward youth, which the state opened in 1900 and closed in 2011, faced allegations throughout its history of brutal beatings, rapes and forced labor. Relatives of boys who died there, as well as former students who survived, have long believed some kids perished in suspicious circumstances.  

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who supported the excavation effort, said, "Hopefully, surviving family members are closer to the closure they deserve. It's such a tragedy that so many young boys lost their lives there." Because the school kept shoddy and sometimes contradictory records, burial locations weren't always recorded, and the cause of death was sometimes listed as "unknown." A Florida Department of Law Enforcement inquiry completed in 2009 had concluded that 31 boys were buried in a cemetery on the 1,400-acre campus. In announcing their findings Tuesday, a team of forensic anthropologists at the University of South Florida here painted a grim picture. Among the thousands of artifacts they retrieved were bones and teeth. There was also a metal plate from a coffin, reading "At Rest," and a marble in a boy's pocket. They are now analyzing the remains to try to determine how the boys died and submitting DNA samples for testing in hope of identifying the boys and returning them to relatives for proper burials. "We're hoping to bring the families resolution and hopefully some sense of peace," said Erin Kimmerle, a USF professor leading the research team.

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kuntrylady56
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 1:52 PM

That is awful and so sad at the same time. For those poor children to have went through God knows what and family not knowing what had happened to them. 

jabs54
by Jeanine on Jan. 31, 2014 at 2:41 PM

 Wow, that's awful.  I had not heard that.  I'm surprised they just closed in 2011 with all the allegations :(  I didn't read the article...are any of the people who ran the place around?

LadySaphira
by Lisa on Jan. 31, 2014 at 2:44 PM

I don't know if any are around still or not. I am sure they probably are and I hope they are charged.

Quoting jabs54:

 Wow, that's awful.  I had not heard that.  I'm surprised they just closed in 2011 with all the allegations :(  I didn't read the article...are any of the people who ran the place around?


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by Lynda on Jan. 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM

What short, sad lives those kids must have lived.  They probably ended up as troubled youth in the first place due to their dysfunctional home situations.  This is a horrendous story.  

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by on Feb. 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

That's so sad ;(
Hopefully those still around will be charged :)

graciebsgranny
by New Member on Feb. 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM

 I work with a lady whose husband was instrumental in getting this investigation started. He was an orphan who was sent there because he was to old to be adopted out. He had always said if he made it out of there alive, that one day he would get justice for the boys who were beaten and killed there. Some of the stories she has shared with us are chilling and horrific. So very sad what those children endured. The reason it was even shut down is because the governer showed up there one day unnanounced and unexpected. He had the doors closed before he left there that day.

LadySaphira
by Lisa on Feb. 1, 2014 at 12:20 AM

I couldn't even begin to imagine the horrors  those kids went through. I hope that all the people who committed these atrocities are punished to the full extent of the law.

Quoting graciebsgranny:

 I work with a lady whose husband was instrumental in getting this investigation started. He was an orphan who was sent there because he was to old to be adopted out. He had always said if he made it out of there alive, that one day he would get justice for the boys who were beaten and killed there. Some of the stories she has shared with us are chilling and horrific. So very sad what those children endured. The reason it was even shut down is because the governer showed up there one day unnanounced and unexpected. He had the doors closed before he left there that day.


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by Rose on Feb. 1, 2014 at 4:15 AM

Horrific and terribly sad. Gheez...

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