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Bill considered to rebury reform school students

Posted at 10:51 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 22:51:35-05

TALLAHASSEE – Florida would pay to rebury students whose remains were once interred on the grounds of a now-shuttered reform school, under a bill passed by the Senate.

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday for the bill, a measure to help the state deal with the notorious legacy of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. The school was based in Marianna, 60 miles west of Tallahassee.

It was shuttered in 2011, and some former students have accused school officials of physical and sexual abuse.

Officials investigating the allegations exhumed dozens of bodies from the campus.

The bill would provide up to $7,500 for funeral and burial expenses for each exhumed body. It also would require officials to preserve records, artifacts and remains found on the school site. Sen. Arthenia Joyner introduced the measure.