Former Marianna reform school inmates sue the state

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Men who say they were severely
abused as boys in Florida's reform-school system have filed a class-action lawsuit against the state.

Bryant Middleton of Fort Walton Beach says the group of men known as the "White House Boys" want their abusers "to be brought to justice and to account for their crimes." The group claim they suffered abuse at the former Florida School for Boys in Marianna.

Gov. Charlie Crist has asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate more than 30 unmarked graves at the school.

The lawsuit was filed in January. It demands records on all employees and residents dating back to the 1940s and payment of "all damages allowed under Florida law."

An ex-warden named in the lawsuit has filed a motion to dismiss.

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