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I was researching Reform Schools in Florida, and came across your web page about the White House Boys. I knew that the Boys School existed, but I never knew all of the details of exactly what went on there, although after reading it I am not at all surprised. I am sickened actually, but very Happy that all of this Horror has come out in the open at last.
I was researching Reform Schools because I wanted to see them again for some sick reason. I to have a story that I have carried for the part 53 years. I saw on your page a place to enter stories, but I didn't know if I could put mine there or not, because I was not at FSB, but I did spend my teenage years (from 12 to 17) in and out of the Girls Reformatory four times, not to mention the County Jail before they made a Juvenile center.
I finally found the reform School at Forest Hills where I first went at the age of 12. I feel so sick because it is hardly recognizable now but for the Lockup building that I will never forget. That is how I was able to identify the place on Google Earth. I looked at the building and really felt sick and in a panic. I was remembering being in that building several times. Mostly for running away, and things. I see that the Women's Prison next door has taken Forest Hills over now.
I went to the school in 1968. I don't know if they were in the habit of beatings before my time there, for I was never subjected to any beatings as all of you have described at the Boys School,
but I can tell you that the Mental Torture and Gut Wrenching FEAR I was subjected to has forever ruined my whole life. I will never be the same again.
When they sent me to Forest Hills, it was because I would not go to School. I always skipped school. They didn't seem to care that I didn't want to go because I had no shoes to wear. That was my one and only reason. I came from a Poor and abusive Family, and with two Sisters and one Brother, we were on our own. Although I came from such a Family, I was a relatively decent, and Nieve little Girl. When I came out of the School I was a very Mad and Angry person. My whole life is ruined, for I have never been able to break free of those memories. The Unfairness of it all.
I don't think I can rest until someone somewhere Apologizes to me, or takes Responsibility for what was done to me. The second time they sent me there, it was to the Ocala Campus. I was sent there because I was associating with black people. I am very angry about that to this day, because I didn't know that it was a Crime to associate with other people. So I was sent to another term of Hell for something that wasn't even a Real Crime. I cant help but think my Civil Rights were violated, or something here. The next two times I went, it was for good cause after that.
Anyway, I just wanted to say that I would like to put my Story on your page, but I don't want to do it without your permission since it is mainly about FSB and The White House Boys. Its really Sad, for those memories have haunted me all of these years, and my life is in a total state of ruin. I have nothing left anymore. That's how I feel about it anyway. I was from St. Augustine. I live in Tennessee now. Well I'm going back to reading the stories from the Men. Thank You for your time and Consideration.
Sincerely, Madeleine Carlo