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A DIFFERENT kind of problem at school

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 7:27 AM
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What do you think?

Would you want a school administrator (licensed or otherwise) performing hypnosis on your child without your knowledge and/or consent?

Do you think it could have played a role in this boy's suicide?

 

When Wesley McKinley went to his principal George Kenney for help in becoming more focused and outgoing in school, Kenney performed the solution he typically called upon to help students: hypnosis.

But something different happened this time.

Mckinley, 16, committed suicide the next day. The student from North Port High School in Florida's Sarasota Schools District was found dead in a vacant home near his own on April 8, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reports.

There's no clear link between the hypnosis and the suicide. Scott Ferguson, spokesman for the school district, tells ABC News that the well-liked principal and the situation is currently being investigated. Ferguson says that the district allowed Kenney to hypnotize kids as demonstrations in psychology class, and parents and friends were even invited to sit in. But the district didn't know he was doing one-on-one sessions.

Ann Brandenberger, a North Port teacher and parent told the Herald Tribune she never raised an eyebrow.

"I observed him in different demonstrations," she said. "It was nothing nefarious or unusual."

Kenney, North Port principal since 2001, had been performing the practice for years to help students focus on academics and athletics. He's a licensed hypnotherapist and published author in the field and even had permission from the 16-year-old boy's parents.

But the Herald Tribune reports that Sarasota Schools Superintendent Lori White released a statement saying Kenney's techniques are very worrisome.

"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."

McKinley's parents say they didn't want the investigation to happen, but they did believe Kenney should stop hypnotizing students, ABC reports.

A Facebook page has been set up by students to show support for the principal.

After a year in which the school has been rocked with multiple student suicides and deaths, many write that Kenney is the foundation of the school community. Student Marissa Fiata posted on Facebook:

"He is an amazing man and has kept our spirits high. He is what holds our school together. We need him back!"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/20/principal-george-kenney-hypnotizing_n_864486.html

There's a video in the link^^

by on May. 21, 2011 at 7:27 AM
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momaof8
by on May. 21, 2011 at 7:33 AM

hypnosis doesn't cause suicide. You will not do anything against your nature.

auroragold
by on May. 21, 2011 at 7:38 AM

 I would agree that the hypnosis didn't cause a suicide.

HOWEVER, my main question is - would you want a school administrator to perform hypnosis on your child during the school day without you knowing it?

momaof8
by on May. 21, 2011 at 7:44 AM

I homeschool because I wouldn't want the school to do many of the things they do


 

Quoting auroragold:

 I would agree that the hypnosis didn't cause a suicide.

HOWEVER, my main question is - would you want a school administrator to perform hypnosis on your child during the school day without you knowing it?


Barabell
by Barbara on May. 22, 2011 at 9:50 AM

I think hypnosis is something that should involve parental/custodial permission first.

lovinmymason
by on May. 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM
I definitely think hypnosis doesn't belong in school and if it is part of a program or such, parental consent is a must!!!

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MrsChairez
by on May. 22, 2011 at 10:01 AM
I wouldn't want them doing it without my permission. It states in that article that he had the parents permission.
Lindseyh911
by on May. 22, 2011 at 10:03 AM

 Hypnosis doesn't cause suicide, however, when under hypnosis the person is open to suggestions that they normally wouldn't be. 

When I was in HS we had hypnotists come in and do a demonstration.  Part of the demonstration was telling a certain student that even after he came out of it, if someone said a certain word to him, his feet would feel like lead and he would be unable to walk.  After he was brought out of hypnosis and was walking across the stage, the word was said and he was unable to move.  At the time it was funny, he was put back under and "deprogrammed", I know that's not the right word but not sure what else to call it.  Now looking back, I can see where someone who is hypnotized could easily be "programmed" to do something they normally wouldn't and I wouldn't want my child hypnotized without me present.  This administrator should have been covering his butt and either recording his sessions or having someone observe them.

jaytee
by Jen on May. 22, 2011 at 10:04 AM
I would want to give permission
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