Workers find 27 possible human GRAVES at notorious Florida reform school for boys where children were ‘locked in chains, beaten and sexually abused’ – taking potential number of burials at the site to more than EIGHTY

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from Daily Mail:

  • Possible human graves have been discovered at the shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida
  • Department of Environmental Protection workers found disturbed soil while preparing to clean up fuel storage 500 feet adjacent to Boot Hill Cemetery 
  • Finding could put the figure of people buried in the vicinity up to 82 
  • The 27 possible graves are on north side of campus, where African-American boys were buried when the school was segregated 

  •  The school’s own records show that more than 50 children were buried on the grounds, while more than 30 other bodies were sent elsewhere to be buried
  • A 2009 investigation report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found there were 81 school-related deaths of students from 1911 to 1973 
  • A later report in 2012 put the death toll at 98 
  • Governor Ron DeSantis wrote in an April 10 letter to Jackson County Chairman Clint Pate that agencies were looking at ‘best course of action’

Workers may have found 27 more human graves near a notorious Florida reform school shuttered in 2011, where children were said to have been locked in chains, beaten and sexually abused.

‘Anomalies consistent with possible graves’ were uncovered at the site of the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle city of Marianna.

Department of Environmental Protection workers made the discovery as they were preparing to clean up fuel storage 500 feet adjacent to Boot Hill Cemetery, Miami Herald reports.

The discovery would put the estimated number of bodies buried at the site at 82.

The largest gravesite already known is on the northside of the campus, where African-American boys were buried when the school was segregated.

It is at this site where 31 graves are marked with white crosses, but researchers said they believed they do not correspond with actual burial sites.

Possible human graves have been discovered at the shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida. Department of Environmental Protection workers found disturbed soil while preparing to clean up fuel storage 500 feet adjacent to Boot Hill Cemetery

Possible human graves have been discovered at the shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida. Department of Environmental Protection workers found disturbed soil while preparing to clean up fuel storage 500 feet adjacent to Boot Hill Cemetery

Florida Anthropologists from the University of South Florida removed the first remains from the cemetery at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys on September 2, 2013

Florida Anthropologists from the University of South Florida removed the first remains from the cemetery at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys on September 2, 2013

Governor Ron DeSantis wrote in an April 10 letter to Jackson County Chairman Clint Pate that agencies were looking at 'best course of action'

Governor Ron DeSantis wrote in an April 10 letter to Jackson County Chairman Clint Pate that agencies were looking at ‘best course of action’

State officials have for years insisted that 31 boys were interred in the tiny cemetery.

But using high-tech search equipment, forensic scientists have already found evidence of more bodies buried under the site.

The University of South Florida in Tampa said in 2012 they found evidence of at least 50 graves on the school’s property after using ground-penetrating radar and soil samples.

A 2009 investigation report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), found that there were 81 school-related deaths of students from 1911 to 1973.

But another investigation in 2012, by the University of Florida tea, found as many as  98 deaths at the school from 1914-1973 – including two staff members who perished in the 1914 fire. Some of the bodies were thought to have been shipped home to families but many were buried around the area.

However, overgrowth on the grounds has hindered researchers from full searches.

Dozier’s own records show that more than 50 children were buried on the grounds, while more than 30 other bodies were sent elsewhere to be buried.

But the school failed to record burial locations for 22 other children who researchers learned died on the site, the Miami Herald reported in 2012.

Six of the children – and two adults – died in the 2014 fire. Several more were killed in an influenza outbreak in the early 1900s.

Some boys died under unknown circumstances, according to relatives.

Johnny Lee Geddy, a 'White House Boy' at the Dozier School for Boys in Jackson County from 1957-61, shows reporters a book he wrote about the experience on April 4, 2017

Johnny Lee Geddy, a ‘White House Boy’ at the Dozier School for Boys in Jackson County from 1957-61, shows reporters a book he wrote about the experience on April 4, 2017

The boys were allegedly forced into hard labor, while others were beaten, raped or killed

The boys were allegedly forced into hard labor, while others were beaten, raped or killed

Governor Ron DeSantis wrote in a Wednesday letter to Jackson County Chairman Clint Pate that ‘during a ground pollution cleanup… anomalies consistent with possible graves have been discovered.’

He said his team ‘is dedicated to collaboratively determining the best course of action’ and shared the DEP, Department of Management Services, the Department of State and the Department of Economic Opportunity would ‘develop a path forward’.

‘Representatives of these agencies will be reaching out to meet with county officials as the first step to understanding and addressing these preliminary findings,’ he stated.

County Administrator Wilanne Daniels said in a statement: ‘We have received the report and are studying the information and findings. We will be working with our State Agency partners to determine the next steps.’

Former students spoke out several years ago with horror stories of sexual abuse and frequent beatings in the White House, at the school.

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