TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTSP) - Florida's governor has given University of Florida researchers the green light to exhume graves at the site of a now-defunct school.
Records show no burial records for 22 of the nearly 100 children who died at the Dozier School for Boys.
Former students say these deaths came at the hands of abusive administrators, but state investigations show no evidence of that.
State leaders say despite a tarnished and disputed past, they must acknowledge the situation to move forward.
"We're not exactly sure what happened there, but we know it wasn't good, and it's some that we as Floridians cannot ignore," said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
"In a state as old as Florida is, we're going to have chapters in our history we're more proud of than others, but there is no shame is searching for the truth," said Florida AG Commissioner Adam Putnum.
Ten families have been identified that they have descendants who are buried there.
Many are seeking the bodies of their loved ones so they can be buried properly in family cemeteries.