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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says Florida should officially apologize to Dozier victims



From the Tampa Bay Times:

TAMPA - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Friday he thinks the state of Florida should issue an official apology to the victims of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, where students were beaten and died, many buried without identification.

"They and all the families of the ones that we know about and those that we don't know about, they deserve not only an apology, they deserve the heart-felt enormous grief that we should feel about this chapter of our Florida history," he said during a news conference Friday at his office in the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse.

University of South Florida anthropologist Erin Kimmerle is leading a team that has unearthed and identified several bodies on the property of the state reform school outside Marianna. She sat next to Nelson as the two discussed the details of the investigation that were presented to the Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet in Tallahassee on Thursday.

A total of 51 sets of remains were found on the campus. There have been seven positive DNA matches and 14 presumptive identifications.

Nelson said he will be sending a copy of Kimmerle's report to the Justice Department.

"I think a lesson of this for us is it should never happen again," Nelson said.

Here's previous coverage of Thursday's presentation to the Florida Cabinet


[Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2016 7:41pm]


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