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Principal ordered to pay settlement after deaths of hypnotized students

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Posted at 10:35 PM, Oct 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-08 22:35:44-04

SARASOTA, Fla. – A school district in this Gulf Coast city has reached a settlement with the families of three students who died after being hypnotized by their principal.

Two of the students committed suicide and a third died in a car accident after hypnotizing himself.

Investigators say principal George Kenney performed hypnosis on at least 75 students to help them with stress and concentration problems.

Kenney resigned as principal in 2012 and served a year of probation for unlawful practice of hypnosis.

The school district has agreed to pay the families $200,000 each.