Task force to debate legacy of troubled Florida school

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Posted: Aug 19, 2016 7:22 AM

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) — A task force is going to try to come up with recommendations on how to deal with the legacy of a shuttered reform school in Florida.

The group is scheduled to meet Friday and vote on plans for a memorial for the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, located 60 miles west of Tallahassee in Marianna. Some former students have accused school officials of physical and sexual abuse.

The Florida Legislature this year passed a law that calls on the group to make recommendations for a memorial and figure out what to do with any unclaimed remains that were found on school grounds.

Members appear to be split so far on whether unclaimed remains exhumed at the site should be reburied there or moved to a spot untainted by the allegations. And local officials want the memorial placed somewhere else in the state.