Parents Sue Over Sarasota Principle’s Hypnotizing of Students

The families of three high school students have filed a lawsuit against the Sarasota County School District, claiming that a North Port High School principle hypnotized their children, which may have led to their untimely deaths.

In what can only be described as a bizarre case of unsanctioned use of hypnotism at the school, TBO.com reports that the school board had warned the principle three times to stop hypnotizing students – warnings which he allegedly ignored.

The legal team of Farah & Farah have learned that two of the students committed suicide shortly after sessions, while a third student died in a car crash as he allegedly practiced a self-hypnosis technique he had learned from the principle.

The attorney for the families stated, “All three were victimized by a school system that permitted an unqualified and unlicensed principle to hypnotize these students under the guise of helping them.”

One of the parents admitted to TBO.com that they had signed a consent form for hypnosis sessions, but thought the school board had sanctioned it. A school board internal report revealed that not only did the principle defy three orders to stop the hypnosis sessions, but he also denied hypnotizing students when questioned about it by a school administrator.

Earlier this year, the principle was sentenced to probation and community service after pleading “no contest” to two counts of Unlawful Practice of Hypnosis. Prosecutors said he may have illegally hypnotized as many as 75 people at the school. He also resigned his post as principle of the high school.

It is a school administration’s responsibility to assure the safety of the students in their charge. When that trust has been violated, you have the legal right to seek justice for your child and your family. The wrongful death attorneys in Sarasota at Farah & Farah are ready to help you hold negligent parties liable for their actions. Call us at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online for a free discussion of your legal options.

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