Settlement Over Florida Principal who Hypnotized Students

Posted at 10:35 PM, Oct 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-07 19:56:11-04

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) - The families of three North Port High School students who died after being hypnotized by former Principal George Kenney will receive $200,000 each from the Sarasota County School District under a settlement agreement unanimously approved by the School Board.

The Herald-Tribune ( reports that the agreement was approved Tuesday night.

The $600,000 settlement closes a bizarre, yearslong case that began after former North Port High School Principal Kenney admitted he hypnotized 16-year-old Wesley McKinley a day before the teenager killed himself in April 2011.

A subsequent investigation found that Kenney hypnotized as many as 75 students, staff members and others from 2006 until McKinley's death. One basketball player at the school said Kenney hypnotized him 30 to 40 times to improve his concentration.

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