Principal faces criminal charges for hypnotizing students

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, January 12, 2012 18:51 EDT
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A former Florida high school principal faces criminal misdemeanor charges after two students he hypnotized later committed suicide.

Former Principal George Kenney is believed to have hypnotized up to 75 people, including students, members of the school staff and their children. Sarasota County School District officials repeatedly warned Kenney to stop the practice, which the principal insists was only done in the interest of helping students to be motivated and focused on school work and sports.

He was placed on leave in May and has said he will resign at the end of the school year.

Kenney has been charged with unlicensed practice of hypnosis, and faces up to a year in jail.

There is no proven link between hypnosis and suicide.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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