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Florida Industrial School for Boys at Marianna
From: Willow Dawn [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2007 1:41 AM
To: Secretary DJJ
Cc: Isabelle Zehnder; Mark Caldwell; Cathy Cory
Subject: Abuse at Dozier Justin Caldwell, Christopher Sholly
Dear Mr. McNeil,
I'm also writing to you due to the horrible abuse my son and other's have
suffered while in DJJ, This includes the facilities Of Dozier, Greenville
HIlls Academy, and Okaloosa Youth Development Center.
There are names that have been named years ago by my Son, and these Staff
members are mentioned in his Diary.
Here is a direct link to my Son's diary. I now have a law suite pending
against this State for the cruel and inhumane Treatment that has left my
son suffering now with severe emotional problems, and has been diagnosed
with Post traumatic Stress disorder, and is now on medication and treatment
under a Doctors care.
For years I have tried to tell this Department of all the abuse and
treatment that my son went through, and What he also witnessed. My son was
also falsely accused of hitting a staff member with only 20 days left till
he Was to come home. He too was direct filed into the adult system at the
age of 17, and suffered in Indian River
Correctional Institute, where he was beaten. I cannot believe the gross
treatment and neglect that our youth suffer from in this state, and many of
them in for Minor "KID" actions.
Please read my Son's diary
You may then scroll down, and read his entries also here..
The names I have of those that abused my son, and his story about how they
abused him are in his diary.. I'll list them here as well. These men and
woman need to be removed from our facilities.
GREENVILLE HILLS MERRIT COTTAGE 2002
Mr. Bleu (Blue)
John Tallon at this time, he was the Northwest Regional Director
Okaloosa Development Center
DOZIER SCHOOL FOR BOYS
Mr. Robert Speights
Mr. Alvin Speights
ED LEEKS... he has since retired, and needs to have his pension taken from
Mr. Williams this is the staff member that accused my son of hitting him...
where the tape came up missing or was
I will be calling these facilities to make sure they are fired from DJJ,
with a NO REHIRE classification, and I want charges bought up on the people
that my son mentioned.
I also would like to be able to reach some of the boys that were abused by
staff that were mentioned. I and my attorney need to contact Tyler Clarrey,
and Anthony Johnson.
Some of these staff have even been promoted to superintendants since their
abuse of my son and others. Some have been transferred to other facilities,
and I do know where some are.
I will be giving my son's story to the media as well. These people are the
scum of DJJ, and they don't care about these kids. They do nothing but hurt
them, mentally and physically. As of now.. my son will never be able to
hold a job and keep it.
He is on SSI as well. I intend to make sure DJJ and this rotten State
compensate him and his family for what you all put us all through!!!!!!!!!
I will never stop and will work to make sure a major reform of all policies
and programs are fixed and changed! I am in close contact with Mark
Caldwell, and will go to Tallahassee with him if and when the time comes.
Something has got to change.. these kids need to be given an amount of time
in a program, and come home... not have any extentions or starting over!!!
The staff need to know that should they lay a hand on any child, charges
will be pressed.
I'm sick of hearing of all the abuse going on. I sat in on a conference
call with John Tallon, Timothy Justice, a few weeks ago,concerning Justin
Caldwell, and told them that I knew exactly what they were doing, and they
both lied to me, stating that they would make sure that an honest
investigation would be done.. I see now that at the beginning of it, this
was not done, and they were going to sweep everything under the rug as they
did to my son as well.
When a parent rocks the boat, and reports abuse going on.. wether it is on
their own child or another as I did and Mark Caldwell did, retaliation, and
false charges are pressed on the child. Abuse anywhere should be reported
without the fear or retaliation.
This abuse has been going on at Dozier for many years. A well known Author
by the name of Roger Kiser, who writes in the books "chicken soup for the
soul" was a boy at Dozier... abused severely as well. He has writeen
testimony on this.
It is up to you to make changes in all policies and procedure. If things do
not change, then there will be more abused children, and more deaths.
I intend to sue this state on behalf of my son, and I won't stop there till
major changes are made.
Mark Caldwell has also contacted Vice President Dick Cheaney and he is well
aware of the atrocities here in the Florida DJJ system... It does not work.
If you wish to speak to me, I would appreciate your call.
Christopher Sholly's Mother