In our final installment about the Dark Days at Dozier, we bring you the first person account of an East Idaho man who describes the most difficult moments that he recalls from attending The Florida School for Boys in the 1960s. Currently the University of South Florida is excavating the campus property and they recently found 24 more bodies buried in the ground than official records indicated should have been there. This former student says that they aren’t really graves.
“They’re not graves, they’re not even marked they are holes. That’s all they are. Young Boys, thrown in holes and covered up. Some of these holes had been found underneath the dump,” explained a man who lived at the Florida School for boys for nine and a half months.
While many of the accounts of the Dozier school have mentioned violence that involved adults hurting children, this former student recalls a murder that occurred outside of his cabin. He describes what happened after two boys stole some candy bars and another boy decided to tattle on them.
A former Dozier student explained the incident as he remembers, it, he said, “He told on those three boys and they killed him with a weight bar. We’re talking boys that were fourteen, sixteen, fifteen year olds that killed another boy right there in the backyard.”
To add to the struggle of the nine and a half months in the Dozier school, the former student living in East Idaho says that he was mistreated by a campus doctor. He was told by the doctor that he was the man’s favorite and also given cigarettes and sexually assaulted on a regular basis at the age of 15.
“I’m telling you what he did to me, we’re talking rape, we’re talking sodomy, at his will, and I wasn’t the only one,” said the East Idaho resident and former Dozier student.
Finally, the story of the Florida School for boys often come back to what is called the white house. It was here that an East Idaho Resident describes one of his three beatings that he said put him within an inch of his life.
He briefly explained that how he was beaten. He said that, “they tied my hand and they tied my feet to this rack and you get beat.”
He went on to tell me that he was beaten with a leather paddle so severely on three separate occasions that he was unable to walk for a week. His cabin mates had to assist him in eating and using the restroom. This interview was difficult for him to give but in the end he wants more people to know what happened to the boys at the dozier school in Marianna, Florida.