Target: William L. Wright, Florida Circuit Judge
Goal: Reveal whether children buried at a former Florida school were murdered by staff members
A Florida school that has been closed since 2011 is under investigation due to mysterious deaths and accusations of child abuse. Research dating back to December 2012 indicates that over 100 students died at the Dozier School for Boys, and that at least 50 are buried on school grounds. As if this is not disturbing enough, there are large discrepancies in the school’s records of both the number of deaths and their causes. Urge William Wright to approve a petition that would let medical examiners exhume the bodies, sort out the mystery, and bring any criminals revealed to justice.
The juvenile reform school, which opened in 1900, is infamous for its maltreatment of students. Abuse occurring on school grounds is alleged to have included beatings, rapes, torture, and even murder of students by staff. Former students have come forward with horrific stories that range from lashings so severe that their clothing became embedded in their skin to the existence of a “rape room” in which boys as young as nine were molested. There are also accounts of boys seeing dead or dying classmates, students being shot because they were trying to run away, and use of solitary confinement harsh enough to cause mental breakdowns.
The most notable instances of cruelty occurred in the 1950s and 60s, making it hard for present day law enforcement to uncover concrete evidence – DNA, signs of sexual abuse, torture devices, etc. – at the school or on the victim’s bodies. Recently, a University of South Florida investigative team used ground-penetrating radar to scan the campus, finding far more bodies than the school has accounted for and a multitude of unmarked graves.
So far, all legal action concerning the atrocities committed at the school has been turned down. A lawsuit filed by former students failed due to the statute of limitations, and a 2012 bill proposing to compensate the victims was unsuccessful as well. Fortunately, there is still room for justice. Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a petition that, if approved, would permit medical examiners to exhume human remains found on the school grounds. The exhumation would allow examiners to determine the students’ cause of death and shed light on what really happened at the Dozier School for Boys. There is no statute of limitations in cases of suspected murder, so if sufficient evidence was found, a strong case could be made in favor of the victims.
Victims and their families deserve justice, or at the very least, closure. Attorney General Bondi’s petition has been submitted to and needs to be approved by Florida Circuit judge William L. Wright. Help bring justice and closure to victims and their families. Sign this petition and urge Judge Wright to approve the request for exhumation.
Dear Judge Wright,
You have received a petition from Attorney General Bondi that pertains to the Dozier School for Boys and the crimes committed there. There have been countless horror stories regarding the abuses and murders that are alleged to have occurred on school grounds. According to former students, they were tortured, raped, and physically and mentally abused. The atrocities do not stop there – former students also insist that they witnessed or heard classmates being murdered.
These claims are supported by the fact that the Dozier School not only has at least 50 buried bodies on campus, but also by the fact that administrators did not keep a consistent or accurate record of the deaths that occurred on campus. An investigative team recently found evidence of unmarked graves and far more buried bodies than the school had accounted for.
So far, all attempts of legal action have been squandered due to statute of limitations, lack of evidence, and various other reasons. It is essential that the victims and the families of victims gain the closure that they need. Please approve Attorney General Bondi’s petition.
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