This is absolutely despicable, Anne.<quoted text>
King George & Zazz, these rumors have persisted for years, even long before this detention facility for boys was closed. It was well known that the one place a young boy did not want to land up was this prison of horrors, always being warned that they might never come out or be heard of again.
A really unfortunate thing is that so many juvenile court judges all over Fla would sentence young boys to this brutal house of horrors for only the slightest infractions; maybe something so minor as a hungry boy stealing another boys' lunch and getting caught. Add to that, maybe a teacher had seen him take another students' pencil, and maybe once he was thought to have bullied someone. There was little to no such thing as counseling for these juvenile boys.
A boy didn't have to do much to land up there, never to be seen again. I never heard whether anyone ever followed up on the whereabouts or finality of what happened to these boys. Judges thought nothing of sentencing these children to this horrible hell hole, taking them right out of the hands of their caring parents, in many cases where the parents fought against their son being sent there and did everything they could to prove to the court that they would get professional help for their 'somewhat' wayward child. Their hands were tied. Once a child was sent there, I don't believe that any court officials ever followed up on these young boys or what happened to them, and their parents were helpless to dispute anything they were told.
I saw a documentary on it a few months ago where some older gentlemen who survived it, presented their grotesque stories of every kind of abuse imaginable, even defining how they saw or heard certain boys die during their beatings and sexual abuse. I believe they are the same ones who demanded this investigation and digging up of some of the bodies. I wouldn't be surprised if the numbers grow into the hundreds, or more, not just one hundred.
Throughout the years, numerous agencies investigated this place, and reported abuse, yet it was allowed to remain in operation, conducting business as usual for 109 years.
Then, when Dr. Kimmerle and his team had already found what appeared to be the grave shafts of at least 50 unmarked burial sites, he had to find a way around the Secretary of State who refused to allow them to dig - twice.