Remember Dr. George Kenney, the hypnosis enthusiast/principal of North Port High School in Sarasota, who was suspended after a student he hypnotized suffered a fatal drug overdose the next day? Well turns out that isn't the only student Kenney hypnotized who later turned up dead. An investigation found that three different students wound up dead after hypnosis sessions with the principal. This is either a very unfortunate set of coincidences for Kenney or the plot to a really bad high school horror movie.
Kenney was initially suspended after 16-year-old Wesley McKinley committed suicide by means of a drug overdose just one day after a hypnosis session in his office.
Kenney had hypnotized Brittany Palumbo five months before her May 4 suicide, and had hypnosis sessions with 16-year-old Marcus Freeman in February and again six days before he died in a car wreck on March 15.
Kenney claims that he always sought parents' permission before hypnotizing students and only did it to help them. Though, Kenney did once hold a mass hypnosis session with members of the school's JROTC without obtaining parental permission. Kenney also held hypnosis sessions for parents, staff members and their children in his office.
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Kenney had been warned by the district to stop hypnotizing students but ignored the orders.
It's hard to believe that Kenney's hypnosis sessions actually led to the students' deaths, especially the student who died in a car wreck. Though, the two students who later committed suicide probably would have benefited from the principal referring them to actual therapy and help and not some mystic psuedo-science magic.