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New York officials sold graves of delinquent boys in a land deal
They were delinquent and unwanted boys sent to a state-run school in Rush to be reformed. When they died there, the state buried them on school grounds – then sold their graves in a land deal.
Now, the 14 dead boys buried in the woods in Rush are stirring uneasy feelings in the rural town, and forcing the state to confront its past and figure out what to do about the boys' neglected final resting place.
Relying on census records, news archives, death certificates and internal school documents, the Democrat and Chronicle pieced together the lives and deaths of these boys because no child should be forgotten.