State failed to probe report to abuse registry on Dozier School for Boys

August 16, 2013 

Why doesn't the state of Florida believe what is reported?

I was an Health and Rehabilitative Services counselor from 1980 to 1988, when I was forced to resign from my job in lieu of termination due to office politics. I know I was one of the best counselors the state of Florida ever had because (1) my material is still used to train new employees into the system; (2) the recidivism rate of my clients coming back through the system under my supervision was less than 5 percent in all of my jobs, and (3) I worked with my clients to find out what I could do to help them get on the right track to keep them from getting into the "revolving door syndrome."

For instance, I had many clients whom I helped obtain employment because they told me they needed jobs and others I referred to counseling because I could see a need for substance abuse, parental, and individual counseling to help them and their families deal with their lives.

In fact, one of my clients who I helped get his job recently retired from a local grocery chain after working his way up from a bag-boy to district manager over the 30 years he worked there. He had a record as long as your arm and was becoming a habitual offender until I found out how to help ... get him a job.

What bothers me now is that I made a call to the abuse registry about the Dozier School for Boys in 1986 regarding the children who were being allegedly killed there. No one did a thing! Now, years later, they are investigating?

Ernie Snow


Bradenton Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service