Former Students of Dozier School for Boys Meet

A group of former students from the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna met this afternoon in Kissimmee.

The group claims dozier officials abused, tortured and even murdered classmates over the school's long history of operation. They call themselves the white house boys after the small white cinder block building where they claim they were beaten.

Three years ago, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement looked-into the claims and say they did not find enough evidence to open a full investigation. Then last year an archeology team from the university of south florida said it turned up more unmarked grave sites on the dozier campus. The white house boys hold these semi-annual reunions to get updates on legal matters involving the defunct school.

Former student James Griffin said, "Still a lot of people unaccounted, a lot of em. Not only black, but white too."

The state has asked for a court order to exhume the grave sites and study the remains to determine identities and a cause of death. But circuit judge william wright has ordered a lawyer for the state attorney general's office to answer a number of questions by next week, before deciding on a hearing to grant that court order.


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