The Florida Legislature this year passed a law that calls on the group to devise plans for a memorial and figure out what to do with any unidentified or unclaimed remains.Jerry Cooper, the president of the White House Boys, a group of former Dozier students, cited the new probe amid a heated and emotional discussion on whether any bodies should be reburied on the site.Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press.Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. Task force meets to discuss unidentified remains from Dozier school A task force met Wednesday to determine how to remember dozens of unidentified children found at the Dozier School for Boys.“At this meeting, the task force members will also vote on their recommendations to be included in the final report to the Legislature.”Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics.He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter.The reputation of the school clouded the discussions of the seven-member task force that met Wednesday.
19 will include an opportunity for public comment,” it added.
And local officials — who have been upset with the publicity surrounding the school — made it clear Wednesday that they believe a memorial should be placed somewhere else in the state.
Jackson County Commissioner Eric Hill argued that it should be where a larger population could see it.
It began as a home for children convicted of serious crimes.
But the covered offenses were expanded to include minor offenses including truancy.