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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