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.


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  • by viewer Location: nameless on Oct 22, 2008 at 05:25 PM
    I can vouche for the abuse, and yes, it still goes on. I hope some day it will stop for the young children.
  • by nameless Location: FL on Oct 22, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    Don't think the horror stopped with these men. The generational implications are ongoing. We wonder how many lives were affected? I can only hope that the only living perpetrator spends his life praying that there is no god.
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