Fl. Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet voted unanimously to allow researchers to exhume bodies from the former, state-run Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. The vote drew a round of applause from former students of the school in the audience. (Aug. 6)
SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYTallahassee, Florida - 6 August 20131. Wide of public and former Dozier School for Boys clapping at the hearing2. Mid of former Dozier member Richard Huntley who was emotional after the hearing3. Mid of former Dozier member John Bonner wiping tears4. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Huntley, Former Dozier School Student (1957-1959): "I've been screaming out of a hole, help, just throw me a rope, somebody help. Today I caught that rope. Today somebody pulled us out of that hole and I thank God."5. Mid of Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General talking 6. Mid of former Dozier member Johnny Lee Gaddy7. Mid of former Dozier member8. Mid of former Dozier member John Bonner at hearing9. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Huntley, Former Dozier School Student (1957-1959): "When I was there in 1958, somebody came up missing. They told me that he got away. Somebody called me 54 years later and said brother Richard, he didn't get away. We got a statement where he went into Marianna but he never did leave."10. Mid of Florida Governor Rick Scott at hearing11. Mid of Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam12. Wide of Florida Cabinet meeting13. SOUNDBITE (English) Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General: "We have to look at our history. We have to go back and we know there are unmarked graves currently on that property that deserve a proper burial. It's the right thing to do."AP IMAGES - AP CLIENTS ONLYMarianna, Florida - 13 July 201114. Photo of 'No Trespassing' sign on gate in front of closed buildings that housed the Dozier School for BoysAP IMAGES - AP CLIENTS ONLYMarianna, Florida - 27 March 201315. Photo of crosses memorializing the boys that died at the Dozier School for BoysAP IMAGES - AP CLIENTS ONLYMarianna, Florida - 20 October 200816. Photo of a plaque that was unveiled as a memorial to the suffering of Dozier's White House BoysAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYTallahassee, Florida - 6 August 201317. Mid of former Dozier members at the Florida Cabinet meetingSTORYLINE: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of the cabinet are letting university researchers identify human remains at a defunct reform school site. They approved a permit Tuesday that will allow University of South Florida researchers to exhume bodies buried at the Dozier School for Boys in the Panhandle. The vote drew a round of applause from former students of the school in the audience. State officials said in July that they lacked the legal authority to grant the excavation of the site about 60 miles west of Tallahassee. Attorney General Pam Bondi pushed to get the cabinet to take up the permit request. USF researchers have said remains of children who died at the school have not been located.