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Posted by on Oct. 8, 2015 at 1:00 AM
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Marcus is(wont say was b/c even though he is no longer here he is still her son)my friend and ex's son. I hung out with her and dated paul and she later ended up marrying him. I know weird. But this is so sad. 

The families of three Florida students who died after being hypnotized by their then-principal will each receive $200,000 in a settlement with the school district.

The payout comes four years after former North Port High School Principal George Kenney hypnotized students Wesley McKinley, 16, Marcus Freeman, 16, and Brittany Palumbo, 17.

Though no explicit link tied the students’ deaths to Kenney’s hypnosis, the former principal admitted that he had hypnotized McKinley a day before the teenager killed himself in April 2011, the Herald-Tribune reported. Palumbo also took his life after being hypnotized.

Freeman died in a 2011 car accident after he hypnotized himself, a technique Kenney had taught him in order to help the quarterback concentrate and not worry about pain during games, according to court documents.

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The 16-year-old football player was killed when he veered off a highway as he drove home from a painful dentist visit, the Herald-Tribune wrote. His girlfriend, who was also in the car and survived, said that Freeman got a strange look on his face before he went off the road, the paper reported.

An investigation found that Kenney had hypnotized as many as 75 students, staff members and others from 2006 until McKinley’s death. One student athlete recalled being hypnotized as many as 40 times to improve his concentration, the Herald-Tribune wrote.

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Kenney was placed on administrative leave from North Port High School in 2011 and he resigned in 2012. He served one year of probation after pleading no contest to unlawful practice and was prohibited from practicing hypnosis without a license at the time.

The Sarasota County School District’s Board unanimously approved the settlement with a 4-0 vote on Tuesday, which will pay out a total of $600,000 to the three students’ families. The settlement was approved a week before the parents’ civil case against the district would have gone to trial.

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It’s something they will never get over,” Damian Mallard, an attorney representing the three students’ families, told the Herald-Tribune. “It’s probably the worst loss that can happen to a parent is to lose a child, especially needlessly because you had someone who decided to perform medical services on kids without a license. He altered the underdeveloped brains of teenagers, and they all ended up dead because of it.”

Kenney gave up his teaching license in 2013 under pressure from the Florida Department of Education and cannot reapply for another, the Herald-Tribune noted. He now apparently operates a bed-and-breakfast in North Carolina.

“The thing that is the most disappointing to them is that he never apologized, never admitted wrongdoing and is now living comfortably in retirement in North Carolina with his pension,” Mallard reportedly said.

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by on Oct. 8, 2015 at 7:23 AM

What a story.  Really sad

by Silver Member on Oct. 8, 2015 at 8:34 AM
I just saw this on the news! So sad.
by Silver Member on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:25 AM

People have been saying hurtful and horrible things. They need to realize these kids died. The families are still grieving.My friend isnt letting it get to her but still. Marcus was her son. 

by on Oct. 9, 2015 at 3:19 AM

im sorryhugsI am so sorry for your loss and your friend's loss.  

In addition to the obvious heartbreaking tragedy of this story.. it also upsets me on another aspect as well in that for some people, it may make hypnosis sound dangerous or bad, which it's NOT. I am a retired professional state certified and professionally trained hypnotherapist (hypnosis/therapy) who had my own private practice and some of my clients were teens that had their parents take them to me.  I never had any issues with my clients of any age, including that I made sure they knew how to do self hypnosis so they didn't have to be dependent on me .... Hypnosis can not make anyone do anything against their will... HOWEVER someone using hypnosis or being taught to do self hypnosis should be instructed NEVER to use it while driving or operating dangerous equipment, tools, etc. It's only suppose to be when a person is in safe place.  I don't know all the details but it sounds like this was the biggest mistake of the principal.  I would also say teens and kids should not be hypnotized without parents permission!  I'm not sure if it's true or not, but I saw one of his other students and parents say that he did get parent's permission before hypnotizing the teens or teaching them self hypnosis.  No idea if that is true or not.  But even if it was... teaching them NOT to do it while driving is a tragic oversight for sure. So, Poor Marcus's death if he used hypnosis while driving I am sad to say IS for probably IS linked to hypnosis.   As for the suicides, obviously those are tragic too, but from my own professional experience with hypnosis, I have a very hard time believing those are connected to being previously hypnotized, especially because it can't make you do something against your will. I obviously do not know the details of their cases, but my guess is that it was only a coincidence they were hypnotized and later committed suicide, there were many many other students hypnotized who didn't commit suicide, some teens sadly do commit suicide regardless of hypnosis, or anything else and sometimes even without signs or clues first. 

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by on Oct. 9, 2015 at 6:00 AM
So sad, didn't think that was possible
by on Oct. 9, 2015 at 6:47 AM

simple frownI don't know what the hell is wrong with people. I am just horrified by the shockingly heartless, cruel things people say on social media and in comments section of news stories, on FB and Twitter. Anytime a person loses their life or is seriously injured or traumatized or anything tragic happens,  one would think and hope that people would think of how THEY would feel if they lost a loved one, but instead they say things to further devastate the victims, deceased, injured AND their loved ones. I would not do that to my worst enemy and can't even wrap my mind around such a disturbed mentality. I would try to encourage your friend to NOT go on social media right now and to avoid reading public posted comments by trolls and sociopaths who seem to get a kick out of other people's suffering.  It will only cause them even more intense suffering and it won't do anything to help them heal.  I can't even bear to begin to imagine how torn up I would be to lose one of our kids, much less have ANYONE publically say cruel things about them or their passing, on top of it.  My heart goes out to her,  more than I can say! I'm glad they have good friends like you to geuinely care and offer kindness and support. 

Quoting momofsixangels:

People have been saying hurtful and horrible things. They need to realize these kids died. The families are still grieving.My friend isnt letting it get to her but still. Marcus was her son. 

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by on Oct. 9, 2015 at 8:29 AM
So sad
by Member on Oct. 9, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Wow this happened in FL? I live here but have not heard this. This is so sad and could have been avoided. I'm so sorry for your friend and the other families!

by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2015 at 3:08 PM

So sad.

by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2015 at 4:10 PM
That's really crazy. So sorry for your and your friends loss.
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