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85-year-old Reform School Guard Denies Beating Boys

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- The man with the white hair and Southern twang seemed the consummate gentleman. Handsomely attired in a dark jacket and open-collared burgundy shirt, Troy Tidwell came to answer questions in a civil lawsuit that portrays him as a monster.

Across the table sat one of his accusers, Bryant Middleton. He had finally come face to face with the man who he says has haunted his dreams for the past 50 years.
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He claims Tidwell beat him mercilessly with a leather strap when he was 14, when Tidwell was an administrator at a Florida reform school.

Tidwell appears to be the only living person who could be held legally responsible for the alleged beatings at what was then called the Florida School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. He has turned down CNN's repeated requests for an interview.
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Added: Jun-16-2009 Occurred On: Jun-16-2009
By: komakazzi
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Tags: reform school, guard, beatings, sexual abuse, Marianna, Florida school for boys
Location: Marianna, Florida, United States (load item map)
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  • my wife was in care in her teenage years, she sufferd at the hands of thoughs who were supposed to care for her,all they did was abuse her and others in their care.
    she still suffers all these years later

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  • what a pussy......cant handle getting his ass spanked

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    • i got my ass beat several time by my dad with a leather belt.....and i do mean beat and he didnt give a shit where he hit and what end of the belt hit.....if it was the buckle end well too damn bad....so dont preach to me about not knowing what it is like

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  • Oh Pleeeze! give it a break, this is supposed to have happend over 50 years ago, get over it, you most probably deserved a beating for being a naughty boy, most of us of that era got a clip around the ear or a hiding and we are better off for it, thats why there is so much crime in the world today, you should be thanking the old man for the disciplin he instilled in you, if he hadn't you would most probably be dead through some gang related activety, be greateful and stop whining over the past n More..

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  • I went to catholic school in the 70s, I use to get hit by nuns. I'm agnostic now, good job school.

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