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Sarasota Principal Hypnotized Three Students Before Their Strange Deaths

Categories: WTF Florida
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.

The Sarasota Herald Tribune Reports:
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.

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.

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Real Reporting Please
Real Reporting Please

Regardless of what hypnotism is or isn't in terms of therapy, dismissing it by calling it "some mystic pseudo-science therapy" is unprofessional journalism. Since when is actual news allowed to include an authors opinion?Shame on the editor for letting that slide.

Fake
Fake

Who wrote this article? A high school drop out?

Bill Stockstill
Bill Stockstill

This is the kind of sensational  article I would expect to see in the National Enquirer.

Alfredenewman
Alfredenewman

This article is the epitomy of the universal misconception of hypnosis.  Hypnosis is simply basic psychology. The author displays his ignorance on the subject.  Condolences to the families but hypnosis could not have caused these deaths unless the hypnotist suggested that they kill themselves.  There are many legal precedences on the matter and the hypnotist will prevail in court. The principal is guilty of disobeying orders and nothing more, but as such should be fired.

Vp4728
Vp4728

Hypnosis is not something mystical, nor does it hurt in anyway.  Those that believe that the death of those students had something to do with the hypnosis that was done by Dr. Kenney need to research to a greater extense.  "Sometimes we try to blame others for our kids drug-addiction, wrong-doings, etc., because we do not want to accept what is wrong in our children."Hypnosis helps, it is not what you see on TV... no-one gets hurt under hypnosis nor afterwards. You are always aware when having hypnosis, nothing can be done against your own-will while under this state.  By the way, it is not a 'trance', please research before writing something like this.  Your brain in the maximum machine a human being has.  Don't make hypnosis look like an evil thing, don't try to create something of what has no fault.  People need to do the research, before judging; including the school system and those that are looking whom to blame for the death of these students.  

hypnosis rocks
hypnosis rocks

I am a hypnotist and take offense.

to the author of this article calling hypnosis  mystic psuedo-science magic!!!! Hypnosis is an proven medical tool that has been around for 4000 years. And had NOTHING to do with these students death!!!

Jill
Jill

Hypnosis is NOT  mystic psuedo-science magic, as you state.  I recommend you do some research before spouting such nonsense.  You will find that hypnosis is widely used in a number of areas such as psychotherapy. For instance, in order to reduce phobias. Please talk to some therapists and you will find you are quite mistaken.

BT20
BT20

Maybe he did suggest that they kill themselves!?

Vp4728
Vp4728

Agree with you 100%.  This article is in fact offensive.  Sad, that these kids die, but it has nothing to do with hypnosis.  Perhaps, Dr. Kenney was trying to help these kids and now he is being used as a scape-goat

nevernot
nevernot

Unfortunately this guy is NOT a therapist, He's a school administrator. He may be licensed as one but that is well beyond the scope of his duties as a principal. He should have stuck to the duties his superiors assigned him and ceased hypnosis sessions when ORDERED to do so. Any Dr that loses a few patients from the same procedure and keeps performing it is violating their oath to do no harm because anyone who repeats the same action and expects a different result isn't sane.

Guest
Guest

Didn't you know that teachers and/or school administrations are doctors?  Goodness...everyone knows that they have an MD behind their name....I am being heavily sarcastic here, if you didn't notice!  ;)

My daughter once suffered a concussion, while on the school playground, at the hands of some very, very mean and malicious boys.  The concussion diagnosis came from an actual medical doctor.  The next day, her teacher told me that my daughter did not have a concussion.  I told her to read the medical report.  She again told me that it didn't matter; my daughter didn't have a concussion, because those boys were just messing with her.  They didn't mean to hurt her.  Ummmm...yeah....okay...,,,whatever.  

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