Shockingly, these hypnotism "lessons" led to three deaths.
17-year-old Brittany Palumbo and 16-year-old Marcus Freeman also died after undergoing hypnosis. Palumbo committed suicide and Freeman was in a car accident after apparently self-hypnotizing — something his principal taught him.
Now the Florida school district has agreed to pay a $600,000 settlement split between the families of the teenagers.
Damian Mallard, the attorney for the families affected, said that the parents didn't sue for money but rather wanted to hold the school district accountable and make sure something like this doesn't happen again.
He said in a statement
"It's something they will never get over. 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."
The families weren't able to sue Kenney directly because he's considered an extension of the School Board under the law. As a result of the controversy, however, the former principal was put on administrative leave in May of 2011 and resigned in 2012.
He was ultimately charged with two misdemeanors in 2012 — one of which was practicing therapeutic hypnosis without a license. He quickly entered a plea of no contest and was forced to serve one year of probation.