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Students at North Port High School are streaming out in support of their principal, George Kenney, who's been put on leave during an investigation into his hypnotizing students.

From the Herald-Tribune:

"For two years, Kenney had hypnotized dozens of students at the school to help them improve their focus for academics or athletics, or to perform better on exams, he said. He never charged for the sessions, and parents and friends were invited to sit in. He said Tuesday he would not continue the practice while working as an educator."

The matter came under scrutiny after one of the students Kenney hypnotized, with the student's parents' permission, committed suicide.

Superintendent Lori White had this to say in a prepared statement: "Dr. George Kenney has been an effective administrator in the Sarasota County School District for many years. However, his use of techniques that are outside the scope of normally accepted student counseling practices is cause for serious concern."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 1:17pm]


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