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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 03:01 PM

More graves may be unearthed at Dozier School for Boys

Source: Orlando Sentinel

More graves may be unearthed at Dozier School for Boys

By Carol Marbin Miller
Miami Herald

April 12, 2019, 6:45 AM

Workers who were preparing for a massive cleanup of a fuel storage site near one of the nation's most notorious reform schools have discovered something far worse than ground pollution: evidence of 27 possible "clandestine" graves. ... A company hired to evaluate underground storage tanks adjacent to the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna performed a series of ground-penetrating radar tests on a parcel a little less than 500 feet from what is called the Boot Hill Cemetery at Dozier, an infamous youth prison west of Tallahassee linked to more than a century of chilling abuse.

A report on the study said there are 27 "anomalies" on the parcel consistent with human burials. If the 27 anomalies are, in fact, human remains, the total number of known burials on the campus would rise to at least 82 -- though University of South Florida researchers who have studied the campus extensively believe there may have been 100 or more deaths at Dozier since its opening in 1900. ... "Unmarked graves, by conscious design, are made to be hiding places," said Jack Levine, a Florida children's advocate who had raised concerns about Dozier when he was a young social worker for the state. "What stays hidden almost forgives the crime."

Originally called the Florida State Reform School, Dozier was established in 1897 as a progressive alternative to the more brutal methods of confining delinquent, incorrigible and orphaned youths. Children would "receive careful, physical, intellectual and moral training" on a bucolic campus ringed with pines and oak. It fell far short of that ideal almost from the beginning, as visitors encountered children chained in irons.
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Fifty-five sets of remains already were found buried in what is commonly called Boot Hill Cemetery, which held 31 white PVC pipe crosses in neat rows that bore no relation to the bodies interred below. Some of the boys perished during a fire in 1914. They had been confined in "dark cells" in the basement of a dormitory when a fire erupted. ... But they are only a part of Dozier's deadly drama: The USF researchers, given permission by the state to document the school's history, estimates that nearly 100 boys died at the youth prison during more than a century of its operation.

Copyright 2019, Orlando Sentinel

Read more: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/politics/os-ne-dozier-school-more-bodies-20190412-story.html



Hat tip, Joe.My.God.:

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/04/dozens-of-secret-graves-found-at-florida-boys-school/

Previously at DU:

"He had a belt that had holes in it, and every time he would hit me it ..."

https://www.democraticunderground.com/101686254

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mahatmakanejeeves Apr 12 OP
CDerekGo Apr 12 #1
yaesu Apr 12 #2
japple Apr 12 #3
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 04:35 PM

1. This is so horrible

It's sad that the history of this 'school' continues to get worse and worse with each passing year. I feel truly sorry for those families that had loved one placed in this 'reform school' only to never see or hear from them again. Want to talk about Reparations, this is one place to start.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 04:49 PM

2. A concentration camp for boys

& I bet there were many like it, lost to history. The fascists would be more than happy to bring it all back.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 05:14 PM

3. "The youth camp was shuttered in 2011." I can imagine there are places like this

all over the US.

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Response to japple (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 05:54 PM

4. Now we have opened concentration camps on the border to house brown

children. These places, like Dozier, are also brutal. And, with the privatization of prisons, it is almost guaranteed that brutality is alive and well throughout America's 'justice' system.

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Response to japple (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 04:14 PM

8. Yes, I remember a lot of stories about a place in Maryland with similar history

and it was still open at the time (2003), IIRC...

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 08:18 PM

5. Sick sick sick.

And I feel like some men with those same evil intentions (beating children) still exist today within organizations such as ICE & police forces.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 08:36 PM

6. Thank you for adding more background information.

It should have been exposed so long ago, so these young, helpless people could have not been tortured, tormented, wildly harmed, and murdered, with no hope of rescue.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 12:06 AM

7. What I'd like to know is...

Are any of those sadistic SOB's who killed the boys still alive?

And what do they have to say?

Even money they will deny everything.

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