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Hypnosis at school

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 7:57 AM
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 I posted this in another group too....

 

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 7:57 AM
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Wyldbutterfly
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:01 AM

 I hate hearing about kids committing suicide. It is such a permanent solution to a problem that can be overcome.

I'm not exactly sure that hypnosis had anything to do with his suicicde  but, I personally would be very leery of anyone doing that with either of my children and honestly wouldn't allow it.

Rogue35
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:23 AM

no I don't think I would.

psych_mom
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

I would not like it if this happened to my child (the hypnosis part). When someone is hypnotized they are letting someone else put thoughts and feelings into their minds and I am not open to someone else doing that to me or my children. If he was not recording these sessions or someone else was not setting in on them, there is no telling what he may have told these kids to do.

our3
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM

What do you think? Well, hypnosis isn't for everyone but it states he was licensed, so I'm assuming he knew what he was doing.

Would you want a school administrator (licensed or otherwise) performing hypnosis on your child without your knowledge and/or consent? The article states "He's a licensed hypnotherapist and published author in the field and even had permission from the 16-year-old boy's parents. " So he had permisision, so it's not like he just went around hypnotising kids.

Do you think it could have played a role in this boy's suicide? Personally , I don't think so. It's a shame the boy commited suicide, but I doubt hypnosis lead him to it. But then again NO ONE will ever know unless they were the kid.

KTMOM
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

I would not want that done on my child without my consent/supervision. I am curious what this investigation will reveal. Very sad.

auroragold
by on May. 22, 2011 at 4:07 PM

 I wonder if EVERY child who has had hypnosis done by him has had parental consent.

I find it concerning that the school district wasn't aware of his practices.  It leaves them with an awful lot of liability.

Licensed by the state or not - doesn't give him authority to "Practice" randomly

Barabell
by on May. 22, 2011 at 6:11 PM

I think parental/custodial consent should be acquired before doing hypnosis on students. I'm not sure what I would do if the school offered it for my child, but I would try to consider it with an open mind.

itsallabtthem84
by on May. 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Wow!

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