White House Boy React
By Alyssa Hyman
A recent investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice reveals harmful practices at two juvenile justice
facilities in the state.
Former residents of the Dozier School have been saying they were abused for years, now they say this
investigation validates what they've been claiming all along.
Their story begins over fifty years ago, but they say their memories will haunt them forever.
Bryant E. Middleton was a former resident of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. He says,"The school still
scares me. It's a horrible frightening place"
They call themselves the White House Boys because they say it was a white house at Dozier where they were
"It was where they took the boys in to beat them. To brutalize them. To physically beat children with rubber, metal
and leather paddles," says Middleton.
"One time in the shower line, I had see a boy who had been to the white house. His rear-end was as black as an
automobile tire. I remember gasping when I looked at it. I had never seen anything like that before. I mean it was
black," says Andrew Puel, another former Dozier resident.
Although the White House Boys have been talking about the abuse for years, the U.S. Department of Justice just
released an investigation into the North Florida Youth Development Center.
The report says:
"We found harmful practices at both the Arthur G Dozier School for Boys and the Jackson Juvenile Offender
Center that threatened the safety and well being of youth."
It also reads,"Florida's oversight system failed to detect and sufficiently address the problems we found at Dozier
In response to these findings, The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice says:
"The issues and concerns raised in the investigative report on the allegations of past staff misconduct at the
closed NFYDC....are confined to the closed facility and are not duplicated elsewhere in the DJJ system"
The White House Boys say they're still working for justice, but they're glad their claims have been confirmed.
"It validated one hundred percent everything we've said over the years. That yes. We were beaten. We we're
brutalized. We were sexually abused by the staff members that were employed by the state of Florida," says
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