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Group Floored After Opening Boy's 90-Year-Old Casket Only To Find This Inside

To lose a child is a tragic event, no matter the circumstances; sometimes, burying a young son or daughter in a casket with other family members can be the only solace for many distraught families. In 2014, a disturbing case emerged from Florida, after it was revealed that the casket of Thomas Curry, a 17-year-old boy killed in 1925 while attending the Florida School for Boys, didn’t contain his body.

In 2008, the State of Florida launched an investigation into the infamous institution, also known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, where it is believed 100 young boys died between 1900 and 1952. It is theorized that only 50% of these boys were buried on the grounds of the institution while many other students were buried in unmarked graves or supposedly shipped home to their families in caskets.

The Florida School for Boys was established in 1900 in the town of Marianna and was designed as a reform school designed to teach young male offenders the physical, intellectual and moral expectations of society. However, over the course of its 111-year history, the institution became associated with many cases of abuse, sexual assault, beatings and even murder by both students and staff members. Thomas Curry was only 17 years old when he died in 1925 at the school "under suspicious circumstances while escaping Dozier twenty-nine days after arriving". During the recent State Investigation, archaeologists and forensic anthropologists were allowed to exhume the bodies of boys killed at the school. In a further horrific turn of events, when Thomas’ body was dug up from a small family in Philadelphia, investigators and family members were shocked to find that the boy’s casket was filled with wood rather than human remains.

Authorities have a very good reason to believe that the disappearance of Thomas’ body is no accident as, over the years, an investigation into the Florida School for Boys has been hampered by "decades and decades of efforts to deceive, cover-ups, and not just by one but by many people". It is hoped that this investigation and other discoveries will give State Courts enough evidence to give families and former students of the school closure along with prosecuting any surviving guards or administration members of the brutal school.

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