A Florida school board has agreed to pay out $200,000 to the families of three students who died after they were hypnotized by their principal.
According to reports, Principal George Kenney hypnotized several students at North port High School to help them with their concentration. However, two of the students, Welsley McKinley and Brittany Palumbo, who had this unlicensed medical procedure done to them committed suicide shortly afterwards. Marcus Freeman died in a car accident when his vehicle swerved off the road days after he was hypnotized.
Although no direct link could be found between the hypnosis and their deaths, the school board agreed to pay out the $600,000 in compensation as the principal confessed he had hypnotized the students. He has since resigned from his position at the school and has served one year on probation for unlawful practice.
“It’s something they will never get over,” Damian Mallard, an attorney representing the three students’ families said. “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.”