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May192011

Principal on Leave After Suicide of Student He Hypnotized

Hemera Technologies/Photos[dot]com(NORTH PORT, Fla.) -- A popular school principal in Florida has been placed on administrative leave after a student whom he hypnotized committed suicide.

George Kenney, principal since 2001 at North Port High School, had been using hypnosis for years and made podcasts on reducing test anxiety and improving sports performance through the technique. He also has a website that promotes hypnosis to "banish fear and insecurity from your life."

But his use of the practice came under scrutiny after Kenney acknowledged he had hypnotized Wesley McKinley, 16, the day before the teenager killed himself in April.

When the executive director of Sarasota high schools learned a couple of years ago that Kenney was using hypnosis, he told the principal to restrict the practice to psychology class and only use it with parents' permission, according to Scott Ferguson, spokesman for the school district.

He said Kenney is on paid administrative leave while an outside agency, Steele Investigators, looks into the matter.

Kenney trained in hypnosis at the Omni Hynosis Training Center in DeLand, Fla., according to its director, Gerald Kein. He said the program involves 100 hours of training and "teaches all the safety parameters."

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