Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet unanimously agreed Tuesday to allow scientists to continue work at a closed reform school in Florida’s Panhandle, where many former students say the bodies of dozens of children may lie buried.
The move by Scott and the Cabinet cleared a hurdle created earlier in the year, when Secretary of State Ken Detzner told University of South Florida researchers that his office didn’t have the authority to approve the exhumation of human remains at the now-closed Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.
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The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys was a reform school operated by the state from 1900 until 2011. Reports of beatings and abuse endured for decades but gained new attention with former students coming forward with tales of deaths and unmarked graves.
University of South Florida researchers have found evidence that may support the claims. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are giving them authority to move ahead with their work.