Results for - Students Die After Being Hypnotized by Principal

1,600 voters participated in this survey

1. The families of three Florida students who died after being hypnotized by their then-principal will each receive $200,000 in a settlement with the school district. Have you heard about this?

Yes
16%
258 votes
No
75%
1,197 votes
Undecided
3%
41 votes
Not Applicable
7%
104 votes

2. The payout comes four years after former North Port High School Principal George Kenney hypnotized students Wesley McKinley, 16, Marcus Freeman, 16, and Brittany Palumbo, 17. Freeman died in a 2011 car accident after he hypnotized himself, a technique Kenney had taught him in order to help the quarterback concentrate and not worry about pain during games, according to court documents. The 16-year-old football player was killed when he veered off a highway as he drove home from a painful dentist visit. His girlfriend, who was also in the car and survived, said that Freeman got a strange look on his face before he went off the road. Do you think it's possible to hypnotize yourself?

Yes
22%
353 votes
No
30%
486 votes
Undecided
37%
599 votes
Not Applicable
10%
162 votes

3. Have you ever been hypnotized?

Yes
9%
149 votes
No
79%
1,258 votes
Undecided
4%
64 votes
Not Applicable
8%
129 votes

4. An investigation found that Kenney had hypnotized as many as 75 students, staff members and others from 2006 until McKinley's death. One student athlete recalled being hypnotized as many as 40 times to improve his concentration. Kenney was placed on administrative leave from North Port High School in 2011 and he resigned in 2012. He served one year of probation after pleading no contest to unlawful practice and was prohibited from practicing hypnosis without a license at the time. Kenney gave up his teaching license in 2013 under pressure from the Florida Department of Education and cannot reapply for another. He now apparently operates a bed-and-breakfast in North Carolina. "The thing that is the most disappointing to them is that he never apologized, never admitted wrongdoing and is now living comfortably in retirement in North Carolina with his pension," an attorney representing the three students' families said. Do you feel the principal should have been held responsible for the deaths of these students?

Yes
29%
467 votes
No
22%
358 votes
Undecided
38%
611 votes
Not Applicable
10%
164 votes
10/12/2015 News 1600 41 By: sarahzahm

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