School district to pay $600,000 over death of teens who were hypnotized by principal

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SARASOTA, Fla. — A school district 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 North Port High School 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.