The attorney representing the family of Panama City teenager Martin Lee Anderson has apparently agreed to represent another teenager who claims he too was abused at the Bay County Sheriff's Boot Camp.
The family of Dennis Curry, Jr. says attorney Benjamin Crump will represent them. Crump is also the attorney for the family of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson, who died after his first day at the camp.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement still has not released a video tape that allegedly shows the beating of Martin Lee Anderson at the hands Bay County Boot Camp drill instructors. It could hold the key to what happened to the 14-year-old on January 5, his first day at the Boot Camp.
State lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing workshop on all Boot Camps this Wednesday in Tallahassee. They'll have plenty to talk about.
Since Anderson's death, there have been some people have come forward with complaints about the camp, like Dennis Curry, Jr. Curry was 15 and suffering from a hernia when he arrived at the Boot Camp in 2004.
He says instructors knew about his condition but forced him to participate in physical activity, causing his hernia to rupture. "And they kept straining about me having me do crunches and sit ups and stuff until it just popped. I kept complaining about it and they didn’t do nothing about it. So I kept complaining more and they finally got a nurse to see me and they called a doctor over and they told me they had to take me to the hospital right then and there."
Curry says he was rushed to Bay Medical Center where he received an emergency operation.
After surgery he claims he was thrown back into the boot camp, where he was forced to continue mandatory physical activity. Fearing for his health, Curry tried to escape. “They still brought me right back and me doing pushups so, the only thing I can do, sit ups and stuff. The only thing I could do was try to escape just get away."
After his attempted escapes, Curry was finally transferred to another facility where he served out the remainder of his sentence.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office is directing all questions about the Boot Camp to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
Seven of the 24 instructors remain on no contact at the Boot Camp. The sheriff's office has now posted a job opening for drill instructors on the sign in front of the office.