There is a morbid saying of “having skeletons in the closet”. Typically it is something nobody wishes to be brought up even as a subject. These unmentionable stories are scattered throughout the country and usually deal with the tragic ongoing abuse of children.
Pennsylvania had its dirty little secret unceremoniously unveiled after decades of whispers being ignored by regulators of the abortion industry. Thus you have the creation of the “House of Horrors” and Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s prolific murders of hundreds of children with the help of a staff void of moral scruples.
Florida will join the fraternity of states that have ignored a problem for so long that the consequences of abuse are only now being uncovered in what could be the most prolific case of child abuse on record.
The Bible declares that it would be “better to put a millstone around your neck and cast yourself in the sea” rather than harm one of these little ones. Unfortunately as in the Gosnell case, there was a conspiracy of silence of both the employees and the agencies sworn to protect the interests of the children.
Florida School for Boys, also known by the moniker Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, used to be a reform school operated by the state of Florida in the town of Marianna from 1900 to its closure in 2011. It used to be one of the largest juvenile detention/reform facility in the United States.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Florida_Industrial_School_for_Boys_Marianna.jpg
Sadly throughout its 111-year checkered history, the school obtained a heinous reputation for abuse, physical beatings, rape, torture, and murder of the boys by the staff.
Although there were repeated investigations, promises to improve, revamping of leadership, the cruelty and abuse continued unabated.
There were numerous complaints ignored, poorly investigated if investigated at all, and whispers of corruption that plagued the Florida School for Boys for decades.
Many of the accusations were finally substantiated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in 2010, and a separate investigation by the United States Department of Justice in 2011. State officials finally closed the “school” for good in June 2011.
One of the most chilling reports concerning the Florida School is the graveyard. During one investigation in 2008, there were accusations that there were deaths concealed at the facility and that between 1914 and 1952 there were 31 graves reported at the facility, however during the investigation of 2008 none of the graves were opened for inspection.
A disquieting fact was uncovered during one subsequent independent study that revealed that the Florida School did not keep records of those that died there and were buried. Other state facilities as hospitals, state prisons, or state institutions keep very meticulous records.http://www.wuft.org/news/2013/09/04/explaining-the-process-behind-the-dozier-school-excavation/
The research using ground penetrating radar identified 50 graves on the grounds and a second cemetery is likely to exist. The reason for the speculation of a second grave location is black and white burials were kept separate due to Jim Crow laws that existed in the South.
According to spokesman Robert Straley, the facility segregated whites and blacks and the remains discovered was located where black inmates were held. Straley declared that there must be a cemetery where the white inmates were buried.
Straley declared, “I think that there are at least 100 more bodies up there. At some point they are going to find more bodies, I’m dead certain of that. There has to be a white graveyard on the white side”.
Just last month Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a permit to allow the University of South Florida anthropologists and archaeologist to excavate and examine the remains of all the boys buried at the Florida School For Boys site. Exhumations began just last week on August 31st, Saturday according to Associated Press.
Move over House of Horrors, there’s a new one in town.