Florida Reform School Abuse Victims Recall Stories

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) - Though long gone now, Mike McCarthy can still see blood, feces and urine splattered on the walls of a small concrete room where he was beaten as a child.

McCarthy and four other men who were abused at a Florida reform school in the 1950s and '60s returned to "The White House" - the small building where children were beaten for offenses as minimal as singing.

They told how they were hit so hard with a leather strap that underwear had to be surgically removed and of being forced to bite
into a pillow that was soaked in spit, and mucus and blood and told
not to scream.

The Department of Juvenile Justice acknowledged the abuse Tuesday by placing a plaque and planting a tree outside the building.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WTVY-TV 285 N Foster Street Dothan, AL 36303 334-792-3195
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 32307409 - wtvy.com/a?a=32307409
Gray Television, Inc.