In April 2011, the Herald-Tribune reported a story about 3 children who all died shortly after an impromptu hypnosis session by a Principal at a Florida School. Now, according to the settlement, the families of all 3 children will each receive $200,000 by the school district.
Though no explicit link has specifically tied the deaths of the 3 students to the hypnotism of the Principal, the Sarasota County School District’s Board unanimously approved the settlement with a 4-0 vote on Tuesday, which will pay out a total of $600,000 to the three students’ families.
An investigation found that Principal George Kenney, had hypnotized as many as 75 students, staff members, and others from 2006 until 2011- when the students died. One student-athlete recalled being hypnotized as many as 40 times to improve his concentration, the Herald-Tribune wrote. (Continued Below)
One of the students, a 16-year old football player named Marcus Freeman died in a car accident after using the techniques he was taught by the Principal to hypnotize himself. A girl named Brittany Palumbo and another boy named Wesley Mckinley, both took their own lives shortly after being hypnotized.
Kenney was placed on administrative leave from North Port High School in 2011. He resigned in 2012, and after pressure from the Florida Department of Education gave up his teaching license in 2013. After pleading no contest to unlawful practice, he served only one year probation and was prohibited from practicing hypnosis without a license.
An attorney for the students families told the Tribune, “It’s probably the worst thing that can happen to a parent, to lose a child. Especially needlessly, because you had someone who decided to perform medical services on kids without a license. He altered the underdeveloped brains of teenagers, and they all ended up dead because of it.”
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