Dozier survivor shares his story - FOX 13 News

Dozier survivor shares his story

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MARIANNA (FOX 13) -

One of the men who grew up at the Dozier School for Boys, shared some painful memories on Saturday.

84-year old Leo Collier spent several years at the former reform school in Marianna where boys were allegedly chained up, beaten and tortured.

Collier said the administrators were cruel, and his life at the boarding school was like living in a nightmare.

He shared his experience with reporters on Saturday.

"There were times the teacher said 'boy don't get off that bed, or I'll kill you.' I had to get on that bed, he had a belt that had holes in it and every time he hit me with it, it would take the skin off my behind."

Collier said he didn't tell anyone about the abuse, because he was afraid the staff would find out and kill him.

A lot of those boys did die. There's an unknown number of unmarked graves at the school.

University of South Florida researchers are working to get the state's permission to continue exhuming the bodies.

We're told that USF is moving closer to getting the state's approval.

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