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     KEITH R. STEELE, FC!, CLI, CFE, CCDI                                                                                               p.o. Box 1635
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                 June 6,2011

                 The School Board of Sarasota County
                 Attn: Michael H. Jones, Executive Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations
                 1960 Landings Boulevard
                 Sarasota, Florida 34231-3331

                 CLIENT NAME:                           The School Board of Sarasota County
                 CASE NAME:                             Dr. George Keuney
                 SIA CASE NUMBER:                       11050058
                 CATEGORY:                              School Investigation
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                                                                 ASSIGNMENT

                  On Thursday, May 19, 2011, we met with Michael Jones, Executive Director of Human
                  Resources and Lorie White, the Superintendent of Schools for Sarasota County. We
                  were asked to investigate a situation that has occurred at North Port High School.

                 This situation involved the principal, Dr. George Kenney, and his use of hypnosis with
                 students at North Port High School.

                  The investigative objectives were to determine:

                      1. Was Dr. Kenney using hypnosis with students at North Port High School? If so,
                         how long has that activity been taking place and were permission slips obtained
                         from the student's parents allowing Dr. Kenney to engage in that activity.
                      2. Was Dr. Kenney instructed by Steve Cantees at the district offices not to conduct
                         individual hypnosis sessions and to limit his hypnosis demonstrations to the
                         psychology classes, and then only with parental permission and a teacher present.
                         If so, when were those instructions given to him and did Dr. Kenney violate those
                         instructions.


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                                               SYNOPSIS

        The following investigation was conducted pursuant to accepted investigative procedures
        and guidelines. fuvestigative efforts included but were not limited to: witness interviews
        and research of documents.

        It is recommended that all ofthe interview summaries be read in their entirety so the
        reader can fully understand both the knowledge and the opinions of each individual.

        The following individuals were interviewed:

           •     STEPHEN CANTEES             Executive Director of High Schools                   P.4
           •     MARK GILLILAND              Assistant Priocipal of Oak Park South - Venice       P.9
                                             Middle School and former Assistant Priocipal
                                             at North Port High School
           •     SHERRI REYNOLDS             Supervisor of Pupil Support Services                 P.12
           •     ANN BRANDENBERGER           Teacher of Advanced Placement Psychology at          P.14
                                             North Port High School
           •     DR. GEORGE KENNEY           Priocipal at North Port High School                  P.19
           •     WILLIAM J. MASSOLIO         Assistaut Principal at North Port High School        P.31
           •     RONALD CORSO                Assistant Principal at North Port High School        P.36
           •     TOMAS DINVERNO              Assistaut Principal at North Port High School        P.38
           •     PAUL PAQUETTE               Assistant Priocipal at North Port High School        P.40
           •     STEVE BARTEK                Senior Naval Science Instructor for R.O.T.C. at      P.43
                                             North Port High School
           •     FREDERICK WHEELER           Naval Science Instructor for R.O.T.C. at North Port P.46
                                             High School
           •     KATHY WILKS                 Principal at Brookside Mi<\dle School                P.48
           •     DIANNA McLAREN              Administrative Assistaut for Dr. George Kenney       P.53
           •     TONYAPRYER                  Teacher of Psychology, Sociology, aud Health at      P.57
                                             North Port High School
           •     JANICE REDENBO              Bookkeeper at North Port High School                 P.61
           •     TOM McLAUGHLIN              Teacher of Health aud Assistant Boys Basketball      P.64
                                             Coach at North Port High School
           •     CURT ALLEN                  Teacher of Economics aud Boys Basketball Coach P.66
                                             and Assistant Track Coach at North Port High School
           •     BECKY HALBERT               Guidauce COUDselor aud Girls Volleyball Coach at P.69
                                             North Port High School
           •     CHRYSTAL HUNT               Teacher of Math and Girls Softball Coach at North P.71
                                             Port High School
           •     MATTHEW PRYER               Teacher of Physical Education aud Football Coach P.73
                                             at North Port High School
           •     RYAN LAVALLEE               Teacher of Criminal Justice aud Athletic Director at P.77
                                             North Port High School
           •     MATTHEW MITCHELL            Teacher of HOPE and Swimming Coach at North          P.79
                                             Port High School
           •     TRAVIS SLANGER              Teacher of ESE English and Basketball Coach at       P.81
                                             North Port High School
           •     DONNA BATTIATA              Security Monitor at North Port High School           P.83
(          •     KATHY MORAN                 Registrar at North Port High School                  P.85
           •     THERESE MATIS               Long Tenn Substitute Teacher at North Port High      P.86
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   •                                 Student                                       P.90
   •                                 Student                                       P.93
   •                                 Student                                       P.96
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   •                                 Student                                       P.I02
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   •                                 Student                                       P.I04


The following documents were reviewed during the course of our investigation:

   •    Dr. George Kenney's calendar
   •    Bobcat Sentinel

The following documents were collected during the course of this investigation:

   •    EXHIBIT 1                    Blank Permission Slip giving Dr. Kenney
                                     permission to work with a child using hypnosis and
                                     hypnotherapy
   •    EXHIBIT2                     Permission Slip giving Dr. Kenney permission to
                                     hypnotize students who volunteer to participate in a
                                     hypnosis demonstration in Psychology class
   •    EXHIBIT 3                    Timeline prepared by Dr. George Kenney
   •    EXHIBIT4                     Notes prepared by Sherri Reynolds relating to the
                                     October 12, 2010 incident that occurred in the
                                     weight room
   •    EXHIBIT 5                    Florida Department of Education, Office of
                                     Professional Practices Services Pamphlet regarding
                                     Identifying and Reporting Professional Misconduct
   •    EXHIBIT6                     The Bobcat Sentinel Newspaper Articles




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                                       DETAILS


STEPHEN CANTEES
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR HIGH SCHOOLS FOR THE SARASOTA COUNTY
SCHOOL SYSTEM

On Monday, May 23,2011, I interviewed Stephen Cantees, the Executive Director of
High Schools for the Sarasota County School system. We discussed his knowledge of
Dr. Kenney and his use of hypnosis at North Port High SchooL The following
information was learned during this interview.

In approximately Mayor June of2009, Mr. Cantees was contacted by Mark Gilliland,
who was at that time an assistant principal at North Port High SchooL Mr. Gilliland
expressed some concerns to Mr. Cantees, one of which was the 6:30 a.m. daily meetings
that the principal and the assistant principals held. Mr. Gilliland explained that it was
hard on him and his family to be at school that early in the morning.

Another concern of Mr. Gilliland's was that Dr. Kenney was hypnotizing students at the
"graduation bash lock in" being held at the YMCA.

According to Mr. Cantees, this was the fIrst time he had ever been made aware that Dr.
Kenney was doing any hypnosis. Mr. Cantees questioned Mr. Gilliland further and at the
end of the conversation, Mr. Cantees felt he should have a talk with Dr. Kenney.

He and Dr. Kenney had a conversation about hypnosis and Dr. Kenney said that he had
been doing hypnosis at the grad bash for some period of time. He also told Mr. Cantees
that he had been doing hypnosis demonstrations in psychology classes.

According to Mr. Cantees, his recollection was that Dr. Kenney told him that he (Dr.
Kenney) would go into the psychology classes and do a demonstration of hypnosis. Dr.
Kenney said it was common knowledge that he was doing so.

Mr. Cantees told Dr. Kenney at that point in time "in a very direct manner" that the
expectation would be that he limit the hypnosis to those classes and only after he had
obtained parental permission and only as long as there was a teacher in the classroom.

According to Mr. Cantees, the perimeters were "if he was going to do this" it would
happen only in the psychology class, with parental permission and with a teacher present
in the classroom. Dr. Kenney agreed to that and indicated that it was a very reasonable
expectation.

The next time Mr. Cantees became aware of anything concerning Dr. Kenney and
hypnosis occurred around October 12, 2010. Mr. Cantees had a telephone conversation
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with Sherri Reynolds, the District Supervisor of Nurses. Ms. Reynolds called Mr.
Cantees with a concern relating to Dr. Kenney.

There had been a weight lifting injury in the weight room that involved a student. It
appeared to be a fairly serious injury. The school nurse, Denise Brislin, was trying to
perform an evaluation of the student prior to the EMS arrival. Dr. Kenney showed up in
the weight room and attempted to get the student to focus on him in an effort to relieve
the pain. The perception was that Dr. Kenney was very concerned about the student's
level of pain and was trying to hypnotize him to help release him from some of the
discomfort. Even though the nurse had a great deal of respect for Dr. Kenney, she felt
that his actions were interfering with her ability to care for her patient.

When Sherri Reynolds passed this information on to Mr. Cantees, he was very surprised
and his comment was, "Are you kidding me?" That was first time Mr. Cantees had heard
about Dr. Kenney performing hypnosis on an individual on school grounds.

Sherri Reynolds also told Mr. Cantees that the same nurse had informed her that Dr.
Kenney had been doing hypnosis sessions with individuals in his office.

Mr. Cantees called Dr. Kenney to discuss the situation with him and he relayed to him
what the nurse had said. Dr. Kenney stated that he had gone to the weight room and did
try to help the student by relieving some of his pain. Mr. Cantees cannot recall if Dr.
Kenney stated that he was trying to perform hypnosis or was just trying to relax the
student.

Mr. Cantees asked Dr. Kenney if he remembered their earlier conversation about only
doing hypnosis in psychology class. Dr. Kenney stated that he did recall that
conversation.

According to Mr. Cantees, he then told Dr. Kenney that his actions were inappropriate
and referenced back to the previous conversation regarding the psychology classroom
and discussion and that the hypnosis sessions were only to take place in psychology class
with parental permission and the teacher present. Mr. Cantees also asked Dr. Kenney if
he was doing hypnosis with other students. Dr. Kenney admitted that he was and he
indicated it was for things like test relaxation.

Mr. Cantees told Dr. Kenney that it was inappropriate and he needed him to stop doing
individual sessions with students. Mr. Cantees also discussed with Dr. Kenney that if he
was interested in doing this type of counseling with students, the expectation would be
that he would do it off campus, in a controlled setting with parent support and
permission. Mr. Cantees even suggested that he open an office somewhere but reiterated
that this hypnosis with students cannot take place on school grounds.

According to Mr. Cantees, his experience has always been when you tell a principal to
stop doing something; the principal usually stops doing it.
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The next time Mr. Cantees became aware of the fact that Dr. Kenney was doing hypnosis
on school grounds, outside of psychology class, occurred sometime between September
2010 and February 2011. Mr. Cantees had stopped into North Port High School and just
happened to observe an adult walking out of Dr. Kenney's office. Mr. Cantees at fust
thought that it was a student's parent and when he asked Dr. Kenney about it, Dr. Kenney
told him that it was a student's parent who was trying to pass his firefighters exam and
Dr. Kenney was working with him on relaxation techniques.

At this time, Mr. Cantees stated that he asked Dr. Kenney why he was doing this after
being told it was inappropriate and had been told to stop.

After some discussion, at the end of the conversation, Mr. Cantees stated that he
reiterated that Dr. Kenney was not to hypnotize any adults, any students and any hypnosis
that was going to be done by Dr. Kenney would only take place in psychology class with
parental permission and a teacher present. According to Mr. Cantees, Dr. Kenney agreed
to that.

Mr. Cantees admitted that he had prior conversations with Dr. Kenney about hypnosis
and that he was aware that Dr. Kenney had taken some classes and training in hypnosis
on his own time. Other than that, Mr. Cantees stated that he has very little knowledge
about hypnosis and Dr. Kenney's training.

In these discussions, Dr. Kenney was very passionate about his ability to hypnotize
people and he told Mr. Cantees that he was able to help these people with this tool. Mr.
Cantees reiterated that he made it very clear to Dr. Kenney that it was not to be conducted
on school grounds except in the psychology class with parental permission and the
teacher present. Mr. Cantees also stated that he made it very clear that Dr. Kenney was to
stop any other types of hypnosis at North Port High School.

Mr. Cantees admits that none of these conversations were followed up with anything in
writing. According to Mr. Cantees, if you look at Administrative Progressive Discipline,
the fust thing would be a written expectation that this would stop, and then the second
thing you would do if it continued would be to start following discipline policy. Mr.
Cantees stated that the first incident was the graduation bash, the second incident was the
weight lifting incident and the third was the parent coming out of his office. Each of
these were somewhat different in nature and Mr. Cantees was giving Dr. Kenney the
benefit of the doubt in that they were three separate situations.

Here again, he explained that Dr. Kenney is a professional and an administrator and when
he tells him to stop doing something, even though it was verbal and not in writing, the
expectation is that he would follow the instructions and stop. There was no doubt in Mr.
Cantees' mind that Dr. Kenney understood exactly what he was being instructed not to
do. Dr. Kenney never questioned whether Mr. Cantees was being unfair or inappropriate
in his requests .

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Mr. Cantees stated that in hindsight, he should have prepared a written expectation after
the first incident; but again, when you are dealing with a very high performing principal
like Dr. Kenney, who really cares about his kids and his school; it's usually a pretty
simple matter to give him a verbal instruction and have him follow it. "I talk to the
person and say this or that needs to get done and typically, it gets done." Mr. Cantees
stated that he was treating Dr. Kenney like he would want to be treated. The expectation
was that if Dr. Kenney wanted to do this, he could do it off campus. Hypnosis is not
illegal or against the law, but it is not something Mr. Cantees or the district expects an
administrator to practice. Mr. Cantees is certain that he was very clear on his instructions
to Dr. Kenney and that Dr. Kenney was just as clear as to what was expected of him.

Mr. Cantees stated that he and Dr. Kenney have a good personal and professional
relationship and that he and Dr. Kenney have always been open with each other and able
to talk and hash things out.

Mr. Cantees stated that approximately one week after the death of Wesley McKinley, Mr.
Cantees asked Dr. Kenney if he had performed hypnosis on Wesley. Dr. Kenney stated
yes he did, in psychology class, with parental permission. Mr. Cantees questioned Dr.
Kenney about having a parental permission slip and he said yes he did, the teacher had it.
He did not tell Mr. Cantees that he had performed individual sessions with Wesley
McKinley.

Then, on May 17, 2011, Dr. Kenney called Mr. Cantees to inform him that a reporter
from the Herald Tribnne was going to rnn a story that the parents of Wesley McKinley
had informed her that Dr. Kenney had performed hypnosis on Wesley McKinley the day
before his death.

Mr. Cantees asked Dr. Kenney if that was true and Dr. Kenney said yes, it was. Mr.
Cantees asked if the sessions had occurred at school and Dr. Kenney said that they had.
He asked ifhe had parental permission, and Dr. Kenney said that he did. Dr. Kenney
stated that Wesley McKinley was interested in psychology and hypnosis, especially along
the lines of anxiety and phobias. He wanted to be more comfortable in social settings.
The student told Dr. Kenney that he was not under any doctor's care and Dr. Kenney
stated that he worked with Wesley two (2) times and his father picked him up after each
session. Dr. Kenney also stated that he always had someone present during those
sessions.

Mr. Cantees asked Dr. Kenney ifhe had been doing sessions with other individuals and
Dr. Kenney admitted that he had, with both students and parents. Dr. Kenney estimated
that he had done somewhere around 70-75 individuals. Dr. Kenney indicated that he had
been working with students on test anxiety and on athletic performance. He also
indicated that he had videotaped some of the sessions with parental permission. He also
stated that he had worked with many faculty members and their children. He noted that
he always had parental permission and that there was always someone present in the
room during these sessions. Dr. Kenney stated that he had never received any complaints
from anybody concerning these hypnosis sessions.
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Dr. Kenney admitted to Mr. Cantees that he realized it was wrong and he placed himself
and the district in a very bad position by doing this.

Mr. Cantees discussed with Dr. Kenney about the previous conversations they had had
about not doing this kind of thing. According to Mr. Cantees, Dr. Kenney admitted that
he lmew that he was not to do this but that he continued to do it anyway. When asked
why, Dr. Kenney stated that it was helping the students and he would do anything to help
his students. Mr. Cantees stated that he knows that is a very truthful answer on the part
of Dr. Kenney. It was after this last discussion that the district decided to place Dr.
Kenney on administrative leave. At that time, Mr. Cantees asked Dr. Kenney ifthere
would be any more surprises and Dr. Kenney said no.

Mr. Cantees also stated that he asked Dr. Kenney ifhe had worked with the other student
who had allegedly committed suicide and Dr. Kenney said no. Mr. Cantees later learned
and Dr. Kenney later admitted that he had also had an individual hypnosis session with
the other students who had committed suicide.

Mr. Cantees stated that he has had contact with Dr. Kenney since he has been placed on
administrative leave because he was concerned for his welfare. Mr. Cantees stated that
Dr. Kenney and North Port High School has been though a lot oftragedy over the past
year and Mr. Cantees wanted to be sure that Dr. Kenney knew that there was an
employee assistance program available should he feel the need.

Mr. Cantees stated that despite the fact that Dr. Kenney had done "something really
stupid and totally against his expectations and against any sort of normal practice for a
high school administrator, he was concerned about him."

According to Mr. Cantees, in some of his most recent conversations with Dr. Kenney,
after Dr. Kenney had been put on administrative leave, Dr. Kenney admitted to him that
he nnderstood that the hypnosis was to be limited to psychology class.

The day after Dr. Kenney was put on administrative leave, Mr. Cantees was at North Port
High School to assist with whatever was necessary to help with the graduation process.
He spent the day in a conference room and invited teachers down during their planning
session. The staff had different opinions on things but according to Mr. Cantees, Dr.
Kenney has nnwavering support from the majority of his staff.

One of the teachers admitted that she had some concerns about Dr. Kenney and his
hypnosis, but never said anything because it was such common practice for Dr. Kenney
to be doing the hypnosis sessions, she thought it must be okay.




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        MARK GILLILAND
        ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT VENICE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND OAKPARK SOUTH

        On Tuesday, May 24,2011, I interviewed Mark Gilliland. He is currently the Assistant
        Principal at Venice Middle School and Oak Park South and has been for the past two
        years. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Principal at North Port High School for three
        years (September 2006 through June 2009). Prior to that, he was at Booker High School.
        The following information was learned during this interview.

        He was made aware of Dr. Kenney's use of hypnosis approximately 5 years ago, during
        his first year at North Port High School. He thinks it would have been the 2006-2007
        school year. It had come up during a conversation that took place in a morning meeting
        that was held at the school each morning at 6:30 a.m. Dr. Kenney had hypnotized Kathy
        Wilks' son, who was a senior that year. Ms. Wilks was another assistant principal at
        NPHS. She currently is the Principal at Brookside Middle School. As the year
        progressed, he heard more and more about the hypnotizing.

        Mr. Gilliland stated that during graduation ceremony, they have a "lock in" at the YMCA
        in Venice. After graduation ceremony, approximately 200 - 300 students proceed to the
        YMCA. During that "lock in," one of the things they do for entertainment is to have a
        hypnotizing session. Mr. Gilliland recalls Dr. Kenney doing the hypnotizing
        demonstration that night. He recalls that it consisted of things like, pretend you are
        driving a car or pretend you see a spider. It was all jovial. He would work with 8-12
        students during that presentation. In an effort to get specific on the time frame, we went
        over Mr. Gilliland's years at his various schools. As a result, Mr. Gilliland was not sure
        of the exact date and said, " ... That is where I am getting into ... Mr. Cantees stated it was
        June 2008, so, I guess that is what I recollect." Mr. Gilliland does not keep his calendars
        after a year, but thinks that the hypnosis he observed Dr. Kenney performing at project
        graduation would have been Mr. Gilliland's first year at North Port High School, which
        would have been June 2007. It's possible, however, that it could have been his second
        year there. He is not sure. He has nothing in writing that would help refresh his memory.
        "It is one ofthose things that you report it and you move on."

        During Mr. Gilliland's first year at North Port Highs School, all of the administrators
        would be at Project Graduation. However, in his second year and in subsequent years,
        since project graduation ran all night, Mr. Gilliland got the grave yard shift, which was
        from 2:00 a.m. till 5:00 a.m. Whatever year the first one took place was the only time
        Mr. Gilliland actually observed Dr. Kenney conduct hypnosis. After that, since he had
        the grave yard shift and the hypnosis session usually took place around midnight or 1:00
        a.m., he didn't see those, he just heard about it from the students. He can't say if Dr.
        Kenney did anything those years. There could have been a guest hypnotist.

        When Mr. Gilliland started to hear more and more about other students being hypnotized,
        he became concerned for Dr. Kenney. He stated that since Dr. Kenney's office doors
\       don't have windows in them, he recommended that he get windows put in his office
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for his own protection. (Note: There is a window in the office door that leads from Dr.
Kenney's office to his administrative assistance's office.)

Mr. Gilliland never saw Dr. Kenney take any students into his office for any sort of
hypnosis session, nor has he ever sat in on any hypnosis sessions.

None of the other assistant principals seemed to be concerned about the issue and since
he knew that Ms. Wilks' son had been hypnotized and everybody seemed okay with that,
Mr. Gilliland didn't give it much more thought.

When Bill Massolio came to North Port High School as assistant principal in, he thinks,
2008-2009, he and Mr. Massolio had numerous conversations discussing whether Dr.
Kenney was doing the right thing by hypnotizing students; if this was something he
should be doing; could this possibly come back and bitfrim; those type of questions.
Mr. Gilliland thinks Mr. Massolio had conversations with Dr. Kenney about this as well.
Mr. Gilliland restated that he never saw Dr. Kenney hypnotize students and never saw
students go into his office to be hypnotized.

Mr. Gilliland thinks that he approached Steve Cantees about his concerns with Dr.
Kenney and his hypnotizing of students after witnessing the hypnosis session at the
graduation night lock in. According to Mr. Gilliland, Mr. Cantees told him he would
look into it. Mr. Gilliland does not know what Mr. Cantees did after Mr. Gilliland told
him. Mr. Gilliland felt that he had done all he could do, the rest was up to Mr. Cantees.
Mr. Cantees did not share any of his opinions concerning Dr. Kenney and hypnosis to
Mr. Gilliland.

Mr. Gilliland has no idea how many students Dr. Kenney may have had hypnosis
sessions with.

Mr. Gilliland does not know if Dr. Kenney offered hypnosis sessions to anyone other
than students and he does not know which students, other than Ms. Wilks' son, who may
have had sessions with Dr. Kenney.

Mr. Gilliland does not know if Dr. Kenney had permission slips from any parents. He
does recall Dr. Kenney going into psychology class to put on demonstrations, but he can't
recall the dates or times and he never sat in on any of those demonstrations. Mr.
Gilliland can not remember the psychology teacher's name, but think there was only one
since psychology was an elective.

Other than the one time at project graduation and the psychology classes, Mr. Gilliland is
unaware of any other group sessions or individual sessions conducted by Dr. Kenney

Mr. Gilliland does not know anything about any parental releases or how many different
types of releases there may have been.


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The only individuals Mr. Gilliland is aware of that had any knowledge of Dr. Kenney and
his hypnosis sessions would have been the assistant principals at North Port High School.
He is unaware of anyone making any reports to the district offices.

The only conversation Mr. Gilliland remembers having with any student was with Kathy
Wilks' son. Mr. Gilliland doesn't recall the specifics ofthe conversation, but does
remember the student saying something about how he used be nervous prior to taking
tests and Dr. Kenney helped him to relax. It was more of a relaxation technique to help
him focus.

It didn't really "kick into him that it was an issue" until he saw Dr. Kenney hypnotizing
students on the stage. That's when he thought, "I'm not sure this is something kosher and
something an administrator, especially, ought to be doing ... It just didn't seem right,
that's why I reported it. Once I reported it I figured that was the end of it."

It was common knowledge at North Port High School with the administrators and the
students. Once he reported.it to Steve Cantees, he does not know who else at the
Landings would have been told or what knowledge they may have had. Once he reported
it to Mr. Cantees, he figured it was out of his hands. They would take whatever action or
allow him to do it, whatever they thought was best. After reporting this to Mr. Cantees,
he doesn't recall any change taking place, but did state that the assistant principals'
offices are on the other side of the building from Dr. Kenney's office, so you didn't
always know what was occurring on Dr. Kenney's side of the building.

Mr. Gilliland stated that Dr. Kenney was very passionate about kids and would never do
anything to harm a student. He is a good hearted individual. He runs his school the way
he sees fit. Mr. Gilliland is not saying he bucks the system, he just thinks that Dr.
Kenney felt it was his school and he was going to do what he needed to do. Mr. Gilliland
stated that Dr. Kenney would never do anything malicious to his students, ever. He cared
about his students and his staff. Mr. Gilliland has seen Dr. Kenney in tears over kids. He
is very passionate about his job. As far as the hypnotism thing is concerned, he can't say
Dr. Kenney went over the line, but it was a concern of Mr. Gilliland's and that is why he
told Steve Cantees about it.

North Port High School has been through a lot of tragedy this past year, with the loss of a
well liked teacher and the deaths of several students. Mr. Gilliland thinks that Dr.
Kenney should be at graduation handing out diplomas. Then, he should accept whatever
discipline the district hands down, then get back to school with instruction that there will
be no more hypnotism, then move on. Mr. Gilliland stated that Dr. Kenney has run a
great school and has a lot of support with the teachers, the administrators and especially
the students. It is a rough school to manage and Dr. Kenney has done an excellent job.




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SHERR! REYNOLDS
SUPERVISOR OF PUPIL SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE SARASOTA COUNTY
SCHOOL SYSTEM

On Tuesday, May 24,2011, I interviewed Ms. Sherri Reynolds, the Supervisor of Pupil
Support Services. She has been in that position for 19 years. The following information
was leaned during this interview.

She first learned about Dr. Kenney and his use of "hypnosis" as a result of a situation that
was reported to her in October 12, 2010, by the school nurse at North Port High School.
During our conversation, Ms. Reynolds referred to her notes, which were taken at the
time. (See Exhibit 4.)

Denise Brislin, the Registered Nurse at NPHS, who is employed by the Sarasota County
Health Department, called Linda Glover, her supervisor at the Sarasota County Health
Department about a situation she was uncomfortable with. Linda Glover in turn called
Ms. Reynolds.

Ms. Brislin related to Ms. Reynolds that Dr. Kenney was a newly trained hypnotherapist,
and he would show up in the health room to help the RN out when he heard of incidents
that came through on the schools walkie talkie. He was dealing with student stress and
trying to relax the students.

On October 8, 2010, there was an incident that occurred in the weight room onNPHS
campus. The student injured himself1ifting weights. He was in severe pain. It looked
like both of his shoulders had been pulled out from lifting weights. The nurse was trying
to do her assessment ofthe student to assess for shock and other things to complete the
report she would have to give to EMS when they arrived.

The weight lifter had injured both shoulders and was in severe pain. The SRO had called
911. Denise Brislin tried to assess the student so she could give medical information to
EMS. His fingers were numb. The RN was trying to check his eyes for shock; she was
trying to take his blood pressure but couldn't take his vital signs and do an assessment as
needed because Dr. Kenney was trying to hypnotize the student and calm him down. She
felt intimidated and felt she was blocked from trying to do her job. As a result, she was
unable to answer the questions for EMS. She was very upset about that because she felt
that Dr. Kenney's actions were interfering with her doing her job.

This was the first time that Ms. Brislin became uncomfortable with the situation because
she felt it had interfered with her trying to do her job as an RN. She has a very good
rapport with Dr. Kenney and was reluctant to call her supervisor about it, because she
didn't want Dr. Kenney to get angry with her.

During this same conversation, Denise Brislin told Ms. Reynolds of prior incidents when
she would go to meet an emergency need on the campus and Dr. Kenney would be there
trying to hypnotize the injured student. Ms. Brislin did not tell Ms. Reynolds how many

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times this type of situation happened, but Ms. Brislin did state that she felt that Dr.
Kenney was racing to get there before she could respond.

Also during this October 12,2010 conversation, Ms. Brislin relayed other incidents to
Ms. Reynolds of things that she had heard from students when they would come into the
health room. She had heard from students that Dr. Kenney "was in the classroom
hypnotizing students, 'making us do funny things.'" She did not say in what classes this
was occurring.

Ms. Brislin also told Ms. Reynolds that a couple of weeks before the weight lifting
incident, she had gone to see Dr. Kenney about another issue and Dr. Kenney's secretary
stopped her and told her that "he was in there hypnotizing a male student ... the door was
closed and the lights were out. He was trying to treat students for test anxiety."

After learning of this, Ms. Reynolds talked to Mr. Steve Cantees, Dr. Kenney's boss, and
reported to him what she had learned. Mr. Cantees asked her to write down the
infonnation, which she did and gave him a copy. (See Exhibit 4.) Mr. Cantees told her
that he would talk with Dr. Kenney and tell him to cease and desist. Mr. Cantees also
told her that he had had a prior conversation with Dr. Kenney in which he told him that
he could only do hypnosis in psychology classes and that is all he thought he was doing.
She doesn't know if Mr. Cantees talked to Dr. Kenney, but her experience with Mr.
Cantees is that if he says he is going to do something, he does it.

The October 12, 2010 conversation with Ms. Brislin was the first time Ms. Reynolds had
heard anything about Dr. Kenney conducting hypnosis.

Ms. Reynolds has heard of no other complaints and she feels Denise would get back to
her if she was experiencing the same or similar problems if it was interfering with her
job. Ms. Brislin is very conscientious and an excellent nurse.

This is the only knowledge Ms. Reynolds has concerning Dr. Kenney and any hypnosis.




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ANN BRANDENBERGER
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY AND AMERICAN
HISTORY TEACHER AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, I interviewed Ann Brandenberger. Ms. Brandenberger
teaches Advanced Placement Psychology, Psychology and American History at North
Port High School. She has been at North Port High School for six years.

Ms. Brandenberger stated that Dr. Kenney provided hypnosis demonstrations in her
psychology class starting in the 200812009 school year. He would do it once or twice a
year depending on how the classes were arranged.

The session was a demonstration of what the hypnosis technique was about. Dr. Kenney
would give a little history of hypnosis and explain how hypnosis works, stating that it is
deep relaxation. Then he would sometimes demonstrate on a student that he had
demonstrated on in a previous psychology class. Then the other students, who had signed
permission slips, were allowed to join in with that student.

Dr. Kenney would start with saying things like ... close your eyes, and breathe deep and
relax, and imagine yourself walking on a beach. Ms. Brandenberger said that Dr. Kenney
never did anything that would be humiliating. He might tell them they would not
remember the number six when they looked at a clock. It was very entertaining.

During the group session there might five or six participants. Dr. Kenney didn't pick the
participants; it was only the students whose parents had signed permission slips. During
the demonstration, if it wasn't happening for somebody, Dr. Kenney would tell them to
go back to their seat.

Ms. Brandenberger said that Dr. Kenney did not allow anyone to participate with out
having a permission slip and neither would she. There were kids who, after they saw the
demonstration would say "can I do it, can I do it, please?" They were told "no because
you didn't get your permission slip" and they would ask "can I call my mom on the
phone," and they were told "no you gotta have the permission slip."

Ms. Brandenberger said that she kept the permission slips she received for her classroom.
When the event was over, and she felt there was no need to keep them, she threw them
away.

Ms. Brandenberger said that this 201012011 school year is her third year teaching
Psychology classes. It was in the 2009/2010 school year that Dr. Kenney told her that
the district wanted him to get permission slips from the student's parents, so we started
doing that at that time. The year before that, the district had not requested them. There
was no discussion as to "who" at the School Board had made this request; it was just that
they requested them. Nothing more was said to her about whether Dr. Kenney was told
he could only conduct hypnosis sessions in psychology class. He only mentioned the
permission slips .
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Ms. Brandenberger has some knowledge concerning private sessions with individual
students. Dr. Kenney had one with her son. She said that her son is now a college
athlete. He is a left handed pitcher. There is a lot of stress in being a pitcher. Her son
saw Dr. Kenney to help relieve stress and anxiety. Her son had a lot oftest anxiety with
the FCAT, so Dr. Kenney would just teach him how to relax, "that's all it was." Dr.
Kenney wasn't doing therapy, he wasn't providing counseling, he was just basically
teaching her son how to relax himself thru deep breathing, and relax before he went on
the mound. Dr. Kenney told him that he could just sit in the dugout and picture himself
in a happy place, "that type of thing, that's all that it was."

Ms. Brandenberger said that her son had probably two or three sessions with Dr. Kenney
and that they took place in 2009 during her son's junior year. The sessions took place in
Dr. Kenney's office and would last 15-20 rninutes at the most. Ms. Brandenberger said
that she was present during one of those sessions, the other sessions she believes was just
her son and Dr. Kenney.

Ms. Brandenberger said she knows there were several athletes that had sessions with Dr.
Kenney, but she only knows the name of one. because he was good friends with her
son. She said that he was in baseball as well and she remembered talking with.
mom about it and his mother was aware and involved in his session(s).

Ms. Brandenberger said that Dr. Kenney only held demonstrations in psychology classes
as far as she knew. The other psychology teachers are Tanya Pryer and Dan Konyak.

Ms. Brandenberger is not aware if there were any parents or outside individuals that
participated in hypnosis with Dr. Kenney. She also never heard about any teachers
having any sessions with him.

Ms. Brandenberger is not aware of how many one-on-one sessions Dr. Kenney may have
had with students. She only knows the number that he had with her son. She also knows
that there were other athletes and other people having test anxiety, but she doesn't know
who or how many there were.

Ms. Brandenberger said that speaking generally, the students were aware, parents were
aware, and staff members and district officials were all aware of Dr. Kenney conducting
one-on-one and group sessions. She said that the district would not have asked for
permission slips if they didn't know. She didn't know who in the district told Dr. Kenney
to get permission slips, but thought it would be whoever is over Dr. Kenney.
That could be Steve Cantees and or maybe Lorie White.

Ms. Brandenberger stated "Why would he come to me and say I have been asked to get
permission slips ifhe hadn't been asked, and when it was never required before." Ms.
Brandenberger said she saw a definite change in behavior by him saying "I've been told
to get permission slips", so that's a pretty strong indicator to her that somebody said that

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to him, which means it had to be somebody above him. Ms. Brandenberger felt that
obviously there was somebody at the district level that asked for that.

Ms. Brandenberger said that she is not aware of anybody that expressed anything
negative about these demonstrations or individual sessions; at least no one expressed
anything negative to her.

Ms. Brandenberger stated that she has strong opinions and she is an emotional person.
She stated that she has known Dr. Kenney for 25 years. He has an impeccable character,
he has an impeccable reputation, he has given nearly 30 years to the education world, and
when you've worked that long in any field you're gonna have your opponents and you're
gonna have your proponents. She said that if you had to do a percentage of those who
support him to those who oppose him you're probably looking at a 95% support rate to
5% of those who didn't get what they wanted, or had to be disciplined, or something
along those lines. She said that even when you disagree with him, even when he has to
be a disciplinarian or authoritarian, he finds a way to make you feel okay about it.

She and Dr. Kenney have had their issues and disagreements over the past years but have
remained friends and comrades and have been able to work together because he's that
way.

Ms. Brandenberger stated that Dr. Kenney is an honest person and "if you just stay
honest, then no matter what you have to say, it may hurt somebody, or may offend
somebody initially, but they will always listen to what you have to say because you stay
honest. They may not like you, but they will respect you."

Ms. Brandenberger said that, in her opinion, this whole situation seems to be a non-issue
that has been thrown out there, and in order for the district to save themselves, they have
done this do Dr. Kenney. "Dr. Kenney has given them the best years' of his life and here
at the end when he is ready to retire this is what they are going to do to him, and it's not
right." She feels that the district should admit that they knew what was going on; admit
that he didn't break any rules. She feels that ''how this has happened could hurt and
irritate any of us. That you can spend all of the years that you do in your career ... you
build yourself a career, you build yourself a business and one person comes along with a
completely erroneous conclusion and everybody is going to jump on to support the
erroneous conclusion rather than support the person that has give so much to you. I teach
psychology and what has happened with the family",we all grieve for the family, he was
one of our students, we grieved over his death, but there is no correlation between suicide
and hypnosis. It is what we call an illusory correlation, that when two events are closely
connected, our minds tend to connect them as cause and effect."

When Steve Cantees asked her what he should have done she replied, what should have
been done is "they should have said to these parents or to the newspaper, 'we have a
situation, we're going to have it investigated, we're going to look into it, but we know
that Dr. Kenney is a good person, we know he is a good man. We understand that you
think there may be a correlation here, we are taking your concerns seriously and we're

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going to fully investigate them, we would like for you to be involved, come in, meet with
us, and talk with us, but what they did was threw him out like he was a piece of trash, and
that is wrong, that is just wrong."

Ms. Brandenberger feels that Dr. Kenney needs to be at the graduation. She said that the
kids have been through so much with the loss of a teacher, the death of a student from a
car accident and the two students to suicide. Dr. Kenney has struggled with these kids,
struggled with his staff, he has put his heart and soul into building this school, he needs to
be there to shake those kids' hands. That is what's right for those kids, he should be
there. The kids are grieving, and the person that has pulled them together has now been
snatched away from them.

Ms. Brandenberger said that she feels that whoever gave Dr. Kenney permission to do
this doesn't want to admit it. "lfthey feel the need, that in order to save their back-ends
that they should discipline him in some way, then fine, discipline him in some way, you
know, suspend him for a month over the summer and he has no pay for a month,
whatever it is they feel they need to do, but they need to repair the damage that they did
to him, he has done nothing wrong, he's committed no crime, he's broken no law. That
is what is so upsetting to a lot of people. You have people that work all throughout this
district that have had DUI's or some that have hit kids in classrooms, and they're still in
their classrooms."

Ms. Brandenberger said that "they need to make a statement that we fully investigated,
... and ifthere is a finding that he has broken some school policy, then they need to say
that he broke whatever school policy, but he has committed no crimes and he has been
fully reinstated and we want the public to be reassured that Dr. Kenney has done nothing
wrong, da, da, da. They need to take the steps to repair the damage that has been done. It
reflects on all of us. Teachers everywhere are saying, 'if they can do this to a man who
has put 30 years in and has done nothing wrong, what could they do to the rest of us.'
They need to repair that."

Ms. Brandenberger said that she thinks that all of the other teachers that have had
hypnosis done in their classrooms should be part of the investigation/interview process.
But she doesn't think that anyone who hasn't observed this should be involved. Talk
with the parents and kids that have been hypnotized and they can verify that this is not a
trance-like state. She said she knows this because she sat there and she saw her son get
hypnotized. It is just teaching these children how to relax: themselves, something they
don't know how to do yet. "Dr. Kenney isn't doing any hocus-pocus. That is just what
this has been blown in to."

Ms. Brandenberger stated that she is a "helicopter Velcro parent" and if she thought
anybody was going to do something wrong to her kid, there would be no way they would
get anywhere near him.




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Ms. Brandenberger believes that, in this situation, if Dr. Kenney was told something, he
would do what he was told. For as long as she has known him, she would be surprised if
he would just flat out disregarded instruction. She said it doesn't go along with who he
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DR. GEORGE KENNEY
PRINCIPAL AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Wednesday, May 25,2011, I interviewed Dr. George Kenney, the Principal at North
Port High School. The following information was leamed from this interview.

Dr. Kenney provided me with a typed timeline of events, with dates as close as he could
recall of those events (see Exhibit 3). Dr. Kenney stated that he became interested in
hypnosis during his senior year in high school. In 1997, when he was at Pineview, he
attended an interactive conference with Dr. Wand. After that, he began a serious study of
hypnosis by reading books, articles, CD's and DVD's.

Dr. Kenney started to speak in psychology class in the fall or winter of 2005. At first, it
was to talk about how the subconscious mind works and the history of hypnosis and they
worked on relaxation techniques. Dan Konyak, a teacher at North Port High School has
been present from the beginning of those discussions through the present time.

Dr. Kenney stated that he grew up in a military family. He had lobbied hard and
ultimately was successful in getting the ROTC program at North Port High School.

Sometime around 2006, he started traveling with the ROTC when they would go to
competitions. There are about ten different competitions they perform, including
academics, running, inspections, drill teams, etc. He would do some relaxation
techniques with them to help the ROTC students get focused prior to the competition.

As time went by, he had seen and studied stage hypnosis. So on some of the trips with
the ROTC, he would go out by the pool and do some stand up comedy and then do some
hypnosis. Some of the things he would do in the hypnosis session would be to tell the
kids that their room numbers were written in Chinese and things like that. He stated that
he would always finish his demonstration with saying something along the lines of
"Tomorrow at competition, you are going to feel good, you are going to be focused and
have plenty of energy. When running in the last five yards, you will have a burst of
energy." He explained that it was just to get the kids focused and relaxed.

According to Dr. Kenney, that was all done on a voluntary basis. It was usually out by
the pool or the field next to the hotel. There would be possibly six to ten parents there,
along with instructors.

At that time, what he did with the ROTC was tell the kids to call home and be sure their
parents were okay with them participating in the demonstration. Dr. Kenney admits that
he can't say for sure that all of the kids did that but that was he told them to do before
they could participate.

Dr. Kenney stated that the maximum on the ROTC field trips was 47 and as far as
volunteers were concerned, there may have been 12 to 13 who actually volunteered for
the hypnosis.

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The last ROTC trip Dr. Kenney recalls that he was on would have been in the winter of
2009. During that time, there were no permission slips being used. It was only the
students getting verbal permission from their parents. Dr. Kenney stated that he felt
comfortable doing this because, during those sessions, there were several parents present,
the kids had volunteered and the commander and chaperones were also present. He felt
very comfortable with the supervision because everyone knew each other. He also stated
that there were never any complaints or any expressions of concern. He thought he was
being very responsible in his actions.

Dr. Kenney could only recall one occasion that occurred possibly in 2007 where two
students got into a very deep state of relaxation during one of the sessions. One ofthe
things Dr. Kenney had said while they were in that state of relaxation is that "They would
not remember anyone hear except their commander." When he brought them out of the
hypnotic state, these two kids were acting paranoid about all of the people talking to
them. Dr. Kenney stated that lasted about five minutes. He then put them back down and
told them that they knew everybody there and they were all friends and they would feel
good and excited. When he brought them back out of it, they were fine.

Dr. Kenney does not recall any other situation of a similar nature that occurred during
any ROTC trips.

Dr. Kenney wouldn't iet any ROTC ninth graders participate because they had never seen
a similar demonstration. It was only the upperclassmen who had seen it and participated
in demonstrations previously that he would let participate and only when they had called
and gotten their parent's permission.

Dr. Kenney stated that Commander Bartek had seen the demonstration several times.
Sergeant Major Wheeler may have only witnessed one demonstration because he was
recently new to the ROTC program. Dr. Kenney also stated that there were teachers and
parents who were acting as chaperones and reiterated again that no one ever expressed
any concerns.

In the winter of2006 was the first time Dr. Kenney stated that he worked individually
with a student. The student had a lot of trouble concentrating and was very anxiety
ridden about the FCAT test. The student came to Dr. Kenney at the request of the
student's mother, who was an assistant principal at the school at the time. Dr. Kenney
worked with the student at Dr. Kenney's house. Afterwards, Dr. Kenney had the student
take a practice test for the FCAT; and he got 13 out of 14 correct. The student took the
FCAT several days later. The test was given in the gym and even though there was
noise, and the air conditioner banging overhead, Dr. Kenney stated that he observed the
student appear to be totally focused on the test and actually did a great job.

After the student had done so well on the FCAT, Dr. Kenney spoke with Barbara
Chompko, who was then Executive Director of the High Schools. He informed her that
he had been working with a student using hypnosis and what good results they had.

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According to Dr. Kenney, Barbara Chompko looked at him a little funny and said
something along the lines of "she didn't want this to be the next FCAT strategy, or
something like that." According to Dr. Kenney, she did not express any specific
concerns nor did she ever say for him not to do anything along those lines again. "She
was hesitant about it but never said anything about not doing it."

Between 2006 and 2009, he didn't do anything with students individually. He did
continue with the psychology class demonstrations and at least a couple of ROTC trips
during that time frame. He did admit that during that time frame, there were no
permission slips that were required.

In the spring or snnnner of 2009, Ann Brandenberger, the Advanced Placement
Psychology teacher, had a parent come to her and tell her that her son was frustrated and
feeling inferior. Ms. Brandenberger suggested that the parent go see Dr. Kenney to see if
he could be of some assistance. The parent did come to Dr. Kenney and asked ifhe
would work with her son on an individual basis. With the parent's permission, he did
work with the student during the summer and it went very successfully. The student took
the ACT and got the score that he needed to pass. The sessions that were held with the
student were done at the school in Dr. Kenney's office.

Around the same time (spring/summer 2009), a graduate (who was 18 years of age) was
anxious about going into the Marine Corp. According to Dr. Kenney, this graduate had
come from a very dysfunctional family and Dr. Kenney felt the Marines were his only
shot at getting away from the environment he was living in. The graduate was very
stressed about the Marine Corp. and boot camp and wanted to be successful. He asked
Dr. Kenney ifhe would work with him to help him relax and be able to better focus.
According to Dr. Kenney, the student had a slight twitch in his head when he was
stressed. Dr. Kenney spoke with Sergeant Major Wheeler, who used to be a drill sergeant
at Paris Island. Sergeant Major Wheeler told Dr. Kenney that the boy would probably be
washed out immediately because he wouldn't be safe on the rifle range.

This was one of the first individuals that Dr. Kenney also worked with on the telephone.

Dr. Kenney stated that this graduate had played baseball but Dr. Kenney never did do any
work with him concerning his sports performance. It was strictly related to relaxation
techniques so he could concentrate and do better during boot camp in the Marines.
Apparently, the individual successfully made it through boot camp and is still in the
Marines.

According to Dr. Kenney, it was around this time that he felt the responsibility to do extra
training and get certified in hypnosis. Therefore, in November of 2009, he took time off
from school and got the extra training and certifications he felt he needed.

According to Dr. Kenney, it was because of the great results he had gotten with students
•  and • . He saw a lot of promise and saw hypnosis as a tool that could be really


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    effective with kids. He also felt that if he was going to take the next step, he needed to at
    least become certified. At that point, it became more than a hobby and an interest.

    According to Dr. Kenney, everybody at the school, as well as Steve Cantees knew where
    he was going and what he was doing. He took personal time to get this certification in
    hypnosis.

    Dr. Kenney stated that even though Steve Cantees knew that Dr. Kenney was interested
    in hypnosis and was going for his training and certification, he's not sure that Mr.
    Cantees knew about his work with student. and • .

    When Dr. Kenney came back from his training at the Omni Hypnosis Center in Deland,
    Florida, he started to work more regularly with kids, primarily on test anxiety and athletic
    performance. He also worked with them on anger management. Those were the areas he
    predominately dealt with. These sessions occurred in his office, after school hours and it
    was with kids that he knew, or knew their parents.

    According to Dr. Kenney, these students "pretty much sought him out." When he did the
    demonstrations in psychology class, people would hear about it and students would come
    to him and ask ifhe could help them in certain things.

    Dr. Kenney stated that he has only done this to try and help the kids. He has never ever
    charged a student. He just was trying to give the students another tool to work with.

    Dr. Kenney stated that almost exclusively, these sessions were held after school hours.
    On very rare occasions, he might work with a student during lnnch hour, such as an
    athlete who had a very busy schedule and had a big game coming up.

    Dr. Kenney stated that he would meet with students in his office all day long, not related
    to hypnosis. These meetings could involve driver's licenses, trouble with teachers,
    discipline problems, etc. Anybody who needed to see Dr. Kenney could come to his
    office and speak with him. The normal traffic flow would be for them to enter Dr.
    Kenney's assistant's office. She kept Dr. Kenney's calendar and was more or less the
    gatekeeper. His assistant would often make a determination, based on the individual
    need, if she should interrupt Dr. Kenney if he was in a meeting with a child or with a
    teacher or on the phone with a parent. If it was an emergency, she would always
    interrupt Dr. Kenney; however if it was something that could be handled a little later, she
    used her own judgment as to how to handle the interruption.

    Dr. Kenney stated that he always kept his assistant updated to the best of his ability as to
    where he was going, how long he would be there and when he would be back.

    According to Dr. Kenney, all of his appointments, both for school and personal reasons,
    were kept on his calendar. He did not keep any secondary or private appointment book.



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To the best of Dr. Kenney's recollection, in the winter of 2009, a parent called Steve
Cantees regarding a demonstration that Dr. Kenney had done in psychology class. As a
result ofthis parental call, Steve Cantees called Dr. Kenney to ask ifhe had permission
slips to do the demonstration. Dr. Kenney said no and Mr. Cantees said that he thought it
would be a good idea if he did get permission slips from the parents. According to Dr.
Kenney, he agreed that it was a good idea and from that point forward, he did get
permission slips from the parents before doing any demonstrations in the psychology
class.

Dr. Kenney stated that prior to doing the demonstrations in the psychology class, he
would e-mail the permission slips to the teacher, who would hand them out to the
students. Whoever brought the signed permission slips back would be able to participate
in the demonstration.

Dr. Kenney stated that the parent that called Mr. Cantees about the psychology
demonstration had a daughter in the psychology class. This female student was involved
in competitive bowling. Dr. Kenney stated that during his demonstration, he would talk
to the class about having a bowling ball in one hand and balloons tied to the other and see
which of the students responded to one arm being heavier and the other arm being lighter.
This helped him determine the level of suggestibility of the students.

This daughter never did participate in any of the demonstrations but the parent was more
concerned that Dr. Kenney was using the image of a bowling ball as a heavy object and
he was fearful it might affect the daughter's performance in her competitive bowling.

Late in the year of2009, Dr. Kenney developed 5 CD's with the assistance of Kevin
Brislin. Mr. Brislin is the TV production and electronic music teacher at North Port High
School. In fact, Kevin Brislin wrote the background music and did the editing for those
CD's. Dr. Kenney stated that the dialogue on these CD's is very similar to the dialogue
that he would use with students in their individual sessions. Dr. Kenney stated that it is a
very standard kind of process.

Those five CD's involved: 1. Anger management; 2. Test anxiety; 3. Sports performance;
4. Improved attitude with school; 5. Stress control. Since that time, he has developed
three more CD's involving baseball pitching, baseball batting and basketball free-throw.

Dr. Kenney stated that the fact that he had produced CD's and written books, all of which
were available on Amazon.com, as well as the fact that he was performing
demonstrations in psychology class, was doing demonstrations during some of the ROTC
trips and was helping students with their test anxiety and sports performance, it was
definitely not something that was hidden. All of this was part of his regular conversation.
He wasn't trying to hide anything.

When asked whether Dr. Kenney thought that the district offices at the Landings would
know that he was doing this, he stated that it is very possible they would not have known
but reiterated again that it was nothing he was keeping hidden. As he stated, there were a

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lot of people who did know. He's not sure if the people at the Landings "should have
known" but it was common knowledge at North Port High School and in the North Port
community.

In fact, in the spring of 2009, there was even a newspaper article regarding Dr. Kenney
hypnotizing the softball team. There was also an article in the school newspaper
sometime in 2007 or 2008.

According to Dr. Kenney, the last two or three graduation nights, the hypnotist who
usually performs at the grad bash had asked Dr. Kenney ifhe wanted to assist him. By
that time, Dr. Kenney had his certification. He also stated that he and the hypnotist are
good friends and they have exchanged books and CD's and discussions about hypnosis.

Dr. Kenney doesn't remember any administrator or anyone else coming to him with a
concern about his participation in the hypnosis during the grad bash. When I asked Dr.
Kenney about Mark Gilliland saying something about his concern over Dr. Kenney doing
hypnosis at the grad bash, Dr. Kenney stated that he does not recall that.

Dr. Kenney stated that Mark Gilliland has been gone from North Port High School for at
least three years. The first time that Dr. Kenney recalls having a phone conversation with
Mr. Cantees about individual sessions was after the weight lifting incident in October of
2010; several years after Mark Gilliland left North Port High School.

In the spring of2010, Dr. Kenney developed a website geared toward athletes. He took it
down recently because he wanted to gear it more toward college athletes, so he thought
he should take out some of the photos of the high school athletes. Dr. Kenney stated that
his ultimate retirement goal was to teach college education courses and do hypnosis with
college athletes.

Dr. Kenney estimates that since starting with his two original students,. and., he
would guess that he has worked with 45 individuals. Not all ofthese are students at the
school; some of them were college athletes and adults. He estimates out of the 45 he's
worked with, 35 to 36 were students. He did state that the North Port High School
students would have their sessions after school hours in his office. Sometimes, they
would have their parents with them, sometimes they would have their friends with them
and sometimes it would just be him and the student.

Dr. Kenney also stated that some of the college athletes and the adults would have their
sessions in Dr. Kenney's office at North Port High School after school hours.

When Dr. Kenney did hypnotize an individual from outside the school, he would charge
them but it was a donation to the school scholarship fund. Dr. Kenney wasn't benefitting
personally. Any money he charged them went into the scholarship fund.

In October of 201 0, Dr. Kenney heard a call on the radio which sounded like an
emergency. This emergency had occurred in the weight lifting room. Since he was down
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toward that end of the building, he stopped in to see ifhe could be of some assistance.
There had been a student who was weight lifting and injured his shoulders. He was in a
lot of pain and Dr. Kenney was fearful that he was going to go into shock. As a result,
Dr. Kenney knelt down and started talking to the student calmly. Dr. Kenney explains
that it was not hypnosis, it was just positive reinforcement, trying to get him to relax and
to breathe and remain calm because he did seem scared to death. About three or four
minutes later, the nurse came in and was trying to evaluate the student, asking, what's his
name, what happened, how does she get in touch with his parents, etc. During that time,
Dr. Kenney continued to talk to the student. Dr. Kenney admits that he and the nurse
were probably working at cross purposes; but he didn't realize that at the time.
Afterwards, the nurse called her supervisor because she wasn't real comfortable talking
to Dr. Kenney individually. Her supervisor called Steve Cantees to inform him of the
situation.

Dr. Kenney stated that the reason he was trying to assist was because he had been
successful about a year ago in a similar situation where there was an injury and the
student had a componnd fracture. It was so bad that the SRO was throwing up. As the
nurse was innnobilizing the student's leg, Dr. Kenney was keeping him occupied and
calm. Dr. Kenney felt that they worked very well together and that was what he was
basing this most recent weight lifting situation on.

When Steve Cantees spoke with Dr. Kenney, Dr. Kenney stated that Mr. Cantees told
him if there was ever a similar situation that he wanted Dr. Kenney to wait until
somebody asked him for help. Dr. Kenney agreed. He also said that he feels he has a
great relationship with the nurse. In fact, it was the nurse's husband who helped Dr.
Kenney put his CD's together. Dr. Kenney also stated that the nurse is familiar with
hypnosis through one of her own family members and not through Dr. Kenney.

Around the same time, Steve Cantees apparently had gotten a phone call from a parent
who was concerned that Dr. Kenney was doing hypnosis in an office that was "dimly lit."
Dr. Kenney explained that his office has two light switches, one for each set of
fluorescent lights in the ceiling. When both switches are on, all of the lights are on.
When you put down one of the switches, only half of the lights are on. Dr. Kenney stated
that when he did have a session with a student, he would close the blinds and leave only
half ofthe fluorescent lights on. He didn't think that it was particularly dimly lit. He
also stated that he never covered the window in his office door that lead to his assistant's
office, so people could always look in and see what was going on. Dr. Kenney stated that
when Steve called him on the telephone and asked Dr. Kenney ifhe was working with
students individually in his office, Dr. Kenney said "yes." Mr. Cantees stated that he has
this concern that the office was dimly lit and he was worried that Dr. Kenney was alone
in the office with a student who was not fully conscious. Mr. Cantees told Dr. Kenney he
was uncomfortable with that. Mr. Cantees said that ifhe wanted to work with students
individually, he'd feel better if Dr. Kenney would do it off campus. Mr. Cantees
suggested that Dr. Kenney go to a library or rent an office. Mr. Cantees stated that he
would feel much more comfortable if Dr. Kenney would work with students off of
campus.

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According to Dr. Kenney, he didn't think that it had as much to do with the hypnosis as it
did with being alone with a student in his office. The way Dr. Kenney took the comment
about the dimly lit office, he thought they were talking about the fear of sexual
impropriety.

Dr. Kenney did admit that he felt that Mr. Cantees had some concerns and definitely
wanted him to move his individual sessions off of campus.

When I asked Dr. Kenney ifhe was concerned about a student making a false accusation
and having to defend himself against that, Dr. Kenney explained that those types of
accusations can happen at any time. It can happen when you are doing discipline with a
student or a teacher. "In the business we are in, that can happen anytime, whether there is
any kind of fonndation for it or not." Dr. Kenney stated that he felt very comfortable
with the students he was working with and that there was a high level oftrust between
them.

Dr. Kenney also stated that any student he didn't know very well, he would not be alone
with. Anytime a student wanted to have someone in the room with them, they were more
than welcome; they are welcome to have their parents or friends involved. Dr. Kenney
never had an issue with that, in fact, he welcomed it. Dr. Kenney stated that 50 to 60% of
the time, there would be someone else in the room during a student's session.

After Mr. Cantees' telephone discussion with Dr. Kenney about him taking his individual
sessions off of campus, Dr. Kenney stopped working with individual students for a period
of time. During that time frame, he was trying to figure out how he could continue to
help the students and where he could do that. According to Dr. Kenney, he stated "I'm
not saying I used great judgment all the time here ... I think I used poor judgment several
times ... "

For a period of a few weeks, he stopped his individual sessions and was trying to
reevaluate where he could hold his sessions. He visited the North Port Library and
Jacaranda Library; however, those were inappropriate settings to conduct his sessions.

Dr. Kenney also stated that prior to the conversation with Mr. Cantees, Dr. Kenney had
dropped off resumes at various places in town looking to see ifhe could do it in a more
professional setting and on a more professional basis. Unfortunately, he hadn't had any
response to his efforts.

Dr. Kenney stated that since it was coming around the time for the SAT's, students were
coming to him asking ifhe would work with them to help them with their test anxiety and
help them concentrate. He eventually agreed and said yes he would work with them and
he again started to work with individual students. These sessions did occur in his office
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Dr. Kenney stated that it was during this time that he knew he needed to wind it down
and start working with students off campus because he wanted to do it ip. a more in depth
way and not try to squeeze it in, in the afternoon.

It was during this time that he was able to arrange to have several students work with him
on the telephone.

During the spring of2011, athletes were asking Dr. Kenney to work with them and he
told them that he wanted to find a place he could work during the summer, possibly
someone's house. He also stated that he had been in contact with the Pro Sports
Academy in Pnnta Gorda. He met with them about doing some work down there and
they seemed excited about the prospect.

Dr. Kenney sent them a proposal. This was all done prior to the latest telephone contact
he had with Mr. Cantees. One of the things Dr. Kenney wanted to do was to be able to
work with North Port High School students at no charge. Dr. Kenney says that he just
wants to give kids the additional tools to help them academically, athletically and so
forth. Dr. Kenney says he is very passionate about that.

Dr. Kenney admits that his passion has over stepped his good judgment sometimes. He
stated that he was only trying to help students be more successful and overcome some of
the barriers. He stated that the barriers, in regard to standardized testing, are pretty
incredible. Kids can walk across the stage and not get a diploma because they haven't
passed their reading test. Dr. Kenney admits that people might state that he's been
creative and innovative and that he may have pushed the envelope, "but I don't think I've
stepped over the line."

Dr. Kenney feels that it is his job to advocate for the students at his school and provide
them with the best that he has. "This was a tool that I saw the value in, that I saw the
students making very positive steps forward and I think with at least a couple ofthem, it
was a life changing thing and I see the merit in it. .. and it was working."

Many parents and teachers saw the positive affects it was having and it has been a part of
Dr. Kenney's normal discussion for six years.

According to Dr. Kenney, "I saw this as a very positive thing for kids, this is not anything
I have hid, it was very common knowledge at the school and among the students."

When asked how Dr. Kenney would handle the situation ifhe and Mr. Cantees' role had
been reversed, he stated that in his opinion, if he were his boss, and had a serious concern
about a situation, the first thing he would do would be to have a meeting with the
employee and express the concern and discuss the issue. Then, ifhe felt that it was not in
the best interest of the kids or was a violation of something, then he would give the
person a Memo of Instruction. Dr. Kenney explains that this memo of instruction is not
disciplinary in nature; it would just say "you may not or cease and desist or layout
certain perimeters."
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If this individual continued to do what they were instructed not to do, th,e process with a
teacher would be a verbal reprimand or possibly even a written reprimand, depending on
the severity of the situation. However, with administrators, you can skip steps because
you don't have to follow the steps in the contact, because they are not union. Therefore,
there are a variety of different levels of discipline that can be taken.

According to Dr. Kenney, in regard to this situation, there was never a "do not do this,"
there was never a memo, there was never an e-mail, there was never a meeting, there was
never anything that said "stop doing this."

The two conversations Dr. Kenney recalled having with Steve Cantees were both on the
phone and probably five (5) minutes in length. They were in response to something that
had come to Mr. Cantees' attention. Dr. Kenney felt that he had answered Steve Cantees'
concerns when Steve Cantees suggested getting permission slips, Dr. Kenney agreed and
said "you are probably right, we should be using permission slips." When Steve Cantees
stated "I'm not real comfortable with you doing this on campus, I prefer you move it off
campus," Dr. Kenney said "You know what, that's probably not a bad idea."

According to Dr. Kenney, he and Steve Cantees have a very good rapport and he hopes
that they can get through this without having that rapport damaged.

According to Dr. Kenney, "Obviously, coming away from these two conversations, Mr.
Cantees had a different perspective from what I did, but that wasn't 'stop doing this or
you know what, we need to meet about this.'"

Dr. Kenney stated that he felt confident in his ability in what he was doing, the training
that he had and the rapport that he had with the students and the good he was doing.

Dr. Kenney is not certain that Steve Cantees' timeline is quite accurate in that Mark
Gilliland has not been at North Port High School for at least three years. And the first
time Dr. Kenney ever helped out at grad bash was in the last year or two. According to
Dr. Kenney, the deal he had with the administrative staff was that Dr. Kenney and Karen
Wilks would go to graduation night at Disney World and then at project graduation, the
other administrators would take the late shift. Dr. Kenney would get to proj ect
graduation earlier in the evening and stay there through the hypnotist part, usually 11 :00
p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Once that was done, he would leave and the other administrators
would stay until 5:00 a.m. or 6:00 a.m.

Dr. Kenney stated that if Mark Gilliland was there, and he's not saying that he wasn't,
but given the schedule of events, he would have been showing up after the hypnosis
session. Therefore, the first time Dr. Kenney recalls having any sort of phone
conversation with Mr. Cantees about individual sessions was after the weight lifting
incident in October 2010 that would have been several years after Mark Gilliland had left
North Port High School.

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Dr. Kenney also disagrees with Mr. Cantees' time frame as far as the adult firefighter
coming out of his office in September of2010 to February 2011. Dr. Kllnney stated that
the firefighter's individual session was at least one and a half years ago, and he doesn't
recall any incident that occurred between September 2010 and February 2011 involving
an adult firefighter. The only individual he remembers that was an adult firefighter that
he treated was Rick Jones and that would have been around June of2009. Dr. Kenney
said there are very few adults that he worked with and Rick Jones was the only
firefighter.

Dr. Kenney stated that he had three (3) sessions with., the young man who recently
committed suicide. One of those sessions was in a classroom setting and two were
individual sessions. During the two individual sessions, there were other students present
in the room with • .

When I asked Dr. Kenney ifhe has ever done a session with., he initially said no, but
later admitted that he had. He also admitted that he initially lied to Steve Cantees about
having a session with • .

Dr. Kenney also stated that he had worked with. on track and football issues. The last
time he worked with. was approximately six (6) days before his car crash. When Dr.
Kenney got the phone call from the newspaper stating that there was going to be an
article concerning hypnosis a n d . suicide, he felt he should cal_ parents and
give them a bit of a heads up to let them know that something was going to be in the
paper and they might be contacted. He didn't want them to be blindsided.

Dr. Kenney stated that he had had previous conversations with. family and they had
told him how much their son enjoyed spending time with Dr. Kenney and how they
thanked him for his help with their son. As a result, he wanted to let them know about
the upcoming newspaper article and the fact that it was probably going to come to light
because o~ suicide. Dr. Kenney stated that he did not tell them not to talk to the
press but did tell them that they could say whatever they wanted; he just wanted to let
them know that they might be contacted. He did tell. mother that he was concerned
that if it did get out into the press; it could be the end of his career.

Dr. Kenney also stated that in November 2010,. was going to be taking the SAT/ACT
and asked if Dr. Kenney would work with her. He worked with. one (1) time just
before she was getting ready to take the exam. Her mother was present during that
sessIOn.

Dr. Kenney admitted to me that he had lied to Steve Cantees when Steve asked him if he
had ever had a session with. and he told Mr. Cantees "no." Dr. Kenney admits that
that was wrong and he lied because he knew how it would be misconstrued if the press
wanted to make something out of it that it was not. Dr. Kenney feels that there is no
correlation with what he is doing with the students and these deaths. It's a very
unimaginable coincidence but he initially felt that if that information came out, it would
be made to appear to be something that it was not.
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Dr. Kenney feels terrible about the situation that he has put the school djstrict in, he feels
awful about putting his school and his students through something that they didn't need
or deserve to have to endure on top of all the tragedy they have already experienced.

(Investigator's Notes: During this conversation, Dr. Kenney became very emotional and
started to cry.)

In Dr. Kenney's opinion, he was never told specifically to stop. He doesn't think he
stepped over the line or violated anything. He admits that he used poor judgment several
times. He also stated that he wants to be at North Port High School next year. He's
willing to take responsibility for what he has done and do everything he needs to do to set
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WILLIAM J MASSOLIO
ASSISTANT PRlNCIPAL AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Monday, May 23, 2011, I interviewed Mr. William Massolio. Mr. Massolio is an
Assistant Principal at North Port High School and has been for four years. The following
infonnation was learned from this interview.

Mr. Massolio's knowledge of Dr. Kenney using hypnosis with students is only second
hand, through other people who have told him that it was occurring. Sometime before
Christmas of this past year he did observe a video that was on You Tube that showed Dr.
Kenney hypnotizing an individual student. "We never talked about it, he never talked to
me about it, and certainly I wasn't there for any ofthe sessions." Mr. Massolio
recognized the room where the session was being held as that of Dr. Kenney's office at
NPHS. He did not recognize the person in the session; but stated that the individual
appeared to be of student age.

Mr. Massolio stated that there were times when he would go down to Dr. Kenney's office
in order to speak with him about an issue of some sort and he would be told that Dr.
Kenney was busy with a student and that he didn't want to be disturbed. There were
other times that Mr. Massolio would be told that Dr. Kenney was in a class doing a
demonstration.

Mr. Massolio thinks that someone, (he can't remember who or when) told him that this
was something Dr. Kenney was doing, and working towards doing and perhaps going to
school for it. As the years went by he had heard more about it taking place, especially in
the athletic area.

Mr. Massolio stated that Dr. Kenney never mentioned to him what he was doing with
hypnosis. On occasion Dr. Kenney would say he "I'm working with this student" and
leave it at that.

Mr. Massolio knew Dr. Kenney was very interested in athletics and their programs,
particularly basketball, and that Dr. Kenney would travel with them a lot. When Dr.
Kenney went to away games he would say "I've been working with." or another
student like that. Mr. Massolio assumed it was hypnotism, because he "heard" more of
Dr. Kenney's interest in sports related hypnosis, sports related focusing, "things like
that."

Mr. Massolio stated that he did have some concerns about it and didn't think it was a very
good idea, but it seemed to be somewhat public knowledge. One time last year he read
an article in the paper, which had been posted on the schools bulletin board, that Dr.
Kenney had hypnotized the softball team before a game. After seeing the article Mr.
Massolio said he went to their athletic director and said "did you see this article?" and he
was kind of taken back and subsequently it was taken down from the bulletin board, he
thinks by Dr. Kenney or by the athletic director, "I'm not sure who it was." Mr. Massolio

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said that there seemed to be a lot of people that knew about it and nobody seemed to be
that concerned about it.

Mr. Massolio said he never heard anything negative about it. The only thing he ever
heard that could be construed as negative was sometimes, when you went to Dr.
Kenney's office and said "I need to see Dr. Kenney about something- you were told he
was busy with a student, and that was kind of code I think, for he's busy doing something
and he doesn't want to be disturbed, unless it's really an emergency."

Dr. Kenney was really good about meeting with the staff every morning unless he was
committed elsewhere. During those meeting that lasted approximately half hour, they
would discuss whatever issues were out there on the bricks with kids, parents, and
teachers, etc. Dr. Kenney would give them direction as to what he wanted done, and they
would discuss things they were working on, especially if it was relevant to the entire
group.

Mr. Massolio said that the meetings would begin at 6:30 a.m. every morning and were
attended by all the administrators and twice a week the meetings also included their
behavior specialists. Dr. Kenney really felt that the meetings were an important thing to
do.

Mr. Massolio does not have first hand knowledge or specifics of any sessions; but
through second hand information he said he was aware that Dr. Kenney was conducting
both individual and group hypnosis sessions for students, teachers and staff members.
Mr. Massolio believes that those sessions were for things like taking the Administrative
FELE test or to quit smoking. Mr. Massolio believes that those sessions took place on
campus.

Mr. Massolio said that he had no first hand knowledge of Dr. Kenney having permission
slips, but he had heard that he did, both in a group setting and on an individual basis. He
never saw any permission slips, but he did ask a couple of coaches and he was told "yes".
Mr. Massolio is not aware of there being more than one kind of permission slip.

Mr. Massolio has no knowledge of where any permission slips were kept. He stated that
when this whole thing broke in the papers, Mr. Cantees asked him to find out if there
were any materials on campus that would be relevant to the investigation. Mr. Massolio
went to Ms. McLaren and asked her and she told him that Dr. Kenney kept everything
personally and all she had was his calendar. Ms. McLaren did not indicate to Mr.
Massolio that she had any idea as to how many slips there may have been.

Mr. Massolio states that from second hand information he recalls that" in discussions
with administrators and others, there was something that came up at some point in time
about the School Board being aware or people at the school's district office being aware
that he was doing this and that he had been told not to do it anymore, and that seems to
me to have come up within this past year, I can't say exactly when, it may have even
been last year it came up, everything kind of blends together, but there was, at least

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second hand information to me that 'yes, he's been talked to about this, and yes, he's
been told not to do it anymore." Mr. Massolio doesn't know who he heiJId this from and
doesn't know who would have told Dr. Kenney to stop; he can only assume it would have
been his innnediate supervisor, Mr. Cantees. Mr. Massolio doesn't know anything about
what the conversation was or how it was handled

Mr. Massolio said that when information comes to a supervisor, no matter what the level,
if there is behavior that's questionable in an area you have supervision over, "it is your
responsibility to investigate it, and to look into it and to figure out what's going on and
then to make some determinations as to ifthere are any consequences at that time. If
there is activity that is going on that is inappropriate, the least that is going to be done is
say "it won't happen anymore".

Mr. Massolio stated that his approach would be to contact the person and say "can I talk
to you?" He would then bring them in and make it as informal as possible so it's not an
accusatory type of thing, but advise the person that "this is the information that came to
my desk, I have to look into this, this is a serious accusation, can you tell me why
someone would bring this to me? Is this something you are doing? If you are doing it,
why are you doing it? How do you justify it and secondly, did you clear this with
anybody I don't know about? What precautions have you taken to make sure this won't
be fonnd to be inappropriate by our teachers and our staff and our parents? In this
particular instance, I think I would have said to him, if in fact you have done this in the
past, we need to talk about that, but I will tell you one dog gone thing, it better not be
done anymore. I am not making a judgment if you had good intentions or bad intentions,
I would assume you had good intentions; otherwise we are having a different
conversation. Let's assume you had the best of intentions, what place does this have in
the roll that you have and what place does this have at a school. I can't come up with
answers that make this reasonable, so this needs to stop. That is the minimum." That is
what he assumes took place, at least he hopes it did because that is the way he would
have handled it.

If, for some reason, the action continued, he stated, "I would call in that person and say,
there are two things that could have happened here. One is, you are not intelligent
enough to figure out what I said. The second one is you don't care about what I said. I'll
be honest with you, the second is way worse than the first one. The first one allows for
some education to take place or for me to commnnicate better, but that one is hard for me
to believe. The second one puts me in a position where you are totally being
insubordinate and that is not acceptable."

Mr. Massolio stated that the last he heard of a session that Dr. Kenney had with someone
on an individual basis was only through second hand knowledge. It is difficult to place a
timeline on it, because of the number of tragedies they have had, but he said he recalls it
to be somewhere in the midst in those tragedies, and was probably at least a month or six
weeks ago. Mr. Massolio said that he might have heard it from a student who told him
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Dr. Kenney was very involved with the boy's basketball team. Mr. Massolio said that he
thinks the sports angle of hypnosis is something that fascinates Dr. KeJ1l1ey and that Dr.
Kenney saw a connection between his technique and helping athletes improve their
performance and from what he would hear from the coaches, Dr. Kenney very much
wanted the school's teams to do well. Mr. Massolio thinks that Dr. Kenney saw a
connection between the technique and helping them improve their performance.

Mr. Massolio is not aware if that theory was actually proven out by the results because
that became a point of humor with some people. In fact, that is how Mr. Massolio would
hear about some of the Dr. Kenney's sessions; people would say, "I hear he worked with
so-and-so and did you see the guy play last night, he was horrible, or something like
that."

Mr. Massolio was not aware if anybody from the School Board may have directed Dr.
Kenney to do or not to do any more hypnosis sessions. Mr. Massolio had only heard,
second hand, that Dr. Kenney "was told by somebody not to do it and that we knew he
was obviously doing it, when that took place I do not know."

Mr. Massolio personally feels terrible for Dr. Kenney. He has known him for twenty-
plus years; they have known each other since Dr. Kenney was a band director at Lemon
Bay High School. Mr. Massolio has never known Dr. Kenney to do anything except
good decent things on behalf of his kids. Dr. Kenney has always been very supportive of
Mr. Massolio and with the things he wanted to do and the programs he has tried to
initiate.

Mr. Massolio said that he and Dr. Kenney have not always agreed (and that's o.k.). Mr.
Massolio's idea is to create opportunities for kids and teachers that move structures
forward, create cultures that enhance education, excellence, pulling the school together.
As an administrator he wants a license that will allow him to do these things and Dr.
Kenney has been really good at letting him do those kinds of things. Mr. Massolio feels
they have accomplished a number of new things for Northport High, i.e. Dual enrollment,
advanced placement, an engineering program next year, freshman transition team,
working with the athletic program. Dr. Kenney has always been fair, decent and
although they sometimes differ on the details of some things they generally have the
same philosophy.

Mr. Massolio's focus at Northport is to make things better, to create a positive impact at
school so people want to bring their kids there, so they can hire the best teachers who
want to teach at that school. Everybody wants to be part of a quality organization. He
devotes much of his time in doing that. So when something like this happens, it takes
away from that tremendously; "it now takes many of the forward steps we've made and
puts us into reverse mode." Right now they are just trying to hold gronnd. They will
have to ward off - for no telling how long - all the little jokes and stabs and innuendos,
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Although he is part of the system, he also feels he is one of the biggest critics of the
system in general, not in Sarasota County, but education in general. HeJeels that there is
enough money; it's just not spent well. Mr. Massolio thinks there is a lot they are not
doing that they should be doing. He thinks for the most part people ''kick the can down
the road" and hope somebody else will resolve the problem.

Mr. Massolio thinks this whole situation is a terrible waste of time, energy and limited
resources, and that Dr. Kenney should have known better, and if this was known by his
superiors, it should have been stopped.

Mr. Massolio's focus right now is to get thru the next couple of weeks with the teachers,
graduating class, staff the school for next year, and all of this interferes with that.

Mr. Massolio is also concerned that some parents will pull their kids out ofthe school.
He said he knows that they will have a humpty dumpty summer but they will put all of
the pieces together again. He is pessimistic now, but he will feel better with each coming
day.

Mr. Massolio said he doesn't know what the fallout will be, but whatever it is, there will
be people that say it's wrong. Mr. Massolio likes Dr. Kenney as an individual and also
thinks a lot of his wife. He knows that this can be, and is hard on a family and he hopes
for the best for Dr. Kenney.




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RONALD CORSO
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Monday, May 23,2011, I interviewedMr. Ronald Corso. Mr. Corso is an Assistant
Principal at North Port High School and has been for the past five (5) years. He has
known Dr. George Kenney for the past ten (10) years. The following information was
learned during this interview.

Mr. Corso has no first hand knowledge of Dr. Kenney hypnotizing students. He has
never witnessed Dr. Kenney conducting any classroom presentations. He has never
observed Dr. Kenney hypnotizing any individual students one on one. The only
knowledge he has was from other people talking about it.

He can't recall the first time he heard about Dr. Kenney hypnotizing students. He thinks
it was a few years ago, but he can't recall a specific date or year. If he had to guess, he
would estimate he first heard about it a couple of years after he became assistant
principal.

Mr. Corso never had any direct conversations with Dr. Kenney about hypnosis and Dr.
Kenney never disclosed anything to Mr. Corso.

Mr. Corso stated that he never talked to Dr. Kenney about it. Mr. Corso was just too
busy to even ask. As a result, he has no knowledge of how he did hypnosis, where he did
hypnosis, who he hypnotized, etc. He did hear that Dr. Kenney was conducting
presentations in Ms. Brandenberger's class, Mr. Konyak's class and more recently in Ms.
Pryer's classroom. He also heard that Dr.                      individually with some
athletes and other students such as:                              brother.

Mr. Corso does not know for sure where Dr. Kenney would hold these sessions, but he
assumes they were in his office. There were times he tried to see Dr. Kenney about
certain issues and he was told by Dianna McLaren, Dr. Kenney's administrative assistant,
that Dr. Kenney "was working with a certain student." Mr. Corso is not sure what that
meant. It could be that Dr. Kenney was talking to a student about attendance or grades or
it could have been involving hypnosis. Mr. Corso does not know. He didn't look in to
see what was going on.

Mr. Corso does not know if Dr. Kenney had any sessions with anyone other than
students.

Mr. Corso has no idea how Dr. Kenney and the students got together. He does not know
if the students sought out Dr. Kenney or vice versa.

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Mr. Corso thinks that the district knew about Dr. Kenney and his hypnosis, a few years
ago, but he has no first hand knowledge about that. The only thing he k,nows is what he
has read in the paper.

If Mr. Corso had to take a guess as to the last time he heard anything about Dr. Kenney
doing any sort of hypnosis or relaxation techniques, would probably have been near the
end of basketball season, but he doesn't know any specifics concerning that. He thinks it
was something he may have overheard.

Mr. Corso never expressed any concerns to anyone, either at North Port High School or
at the Landings, about Dr. Kenney and hypnosis. He just assumed there was an
understanding between Dr. Kenney and the district officials.

Mr. Corso stated that Dr. Kenney cares about people. Dr. Kenney would never do
anything to hurt anybody. "Did he make a bad judgment? Probably." Mr. Corso
respects Dr. Kenney and knows that Dr. Kenney's heart was in the right place.




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TOMAS DINVERNO
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Monday, May 23,2011, I interviewed Mr. Tomas Dinvemo, one of the Assistant
Principals at North Port High School. Mr. Dinvemo has been at NPHS for 8 years. This
is his first year as an assistant principal. The following information was learned during
this interview.

The first time he learned of Dr. Kenney doing any sort of hypnosis was when he heard
that Dr. Kenney was doing demonstrations in the psychology classes. This occurred
sometime in the school year of 2008-2009. In the spring of2009, Mr. Dinvemo asked
Dr. Kenney ifhe would come into his class and do a demonstration for his advance
placement classes to help them with their AP test. As it turned out, Dr. Kenney's visit to
the class wasn't about hypnosis. Dr. Kenney came into the class for about ten minutes
and talked about preparing for the AP test and feeling good about taking it. There was no
"counting down or anything else you would associate with a hypnosis session." It was
not like what he had heard Dr. Kenney would do in the psychology class, where he would
get the whole class involved and then do a demo on one or two students and have them
get up and do something funny, like put on lipstick or something else, which was very
innocent.

Mr. Dinvemo had heard that Dr. Kenney got permission slips from the students in
psychology class, but he never saw them nor would he have had any reason to see them.
It is just what he heard.

Mr. Dinvemo was never present in any group or individual hypnosis sessions conducted
by Dr. Kenney.

He had learned, from talking to Dr. Kenney, that he was conducting individual one on
one session with student athletes. Dr. Kenney discussed with him that he was doing
sessions with at least two students. One was., a basketball player. Dr. Kenney was

               was.,
telling Mr. Dinvemo that he had been working with. on foul line shooting. The
second student
basketball season.
                         another basketball player. This was occurring during this year's


Mr. Dinvemo never saw any of the student sessions. He thinks some may have occurred
in the gym and some in Dr. Kenney's office, but he does not know for sure, but they did
occur on campus.

Mr. Dinvemo stated that it was common knowledge around the school that Dr. Kenney
was doing hypnosis in psychology class and with athletes.

Just recently he had heard that at least one staff member, Matt Mitchell, may have sought
out Dr. Kenney to help with his test anxiety in passing the Florida Educational
Leadership Exam (FELE). Mr. Dinvemo knows that Matt Mitchell passed the FELE.


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He does not know if anyone at the district offices knew that Dr. Kenney was conducting
hypnosis sessions, either in a group or one on one; nor does he know if anyone from the
district offices ever had any discussions with Dr. Kenney about his activities or told him
to stop.

Mr. Dinverno never heard complaints or anything of a negative nature concerning Dr.
Kenney or his use of hypnosis.

Mr. Dinverno had a conversation with Dr. Kenney in early April, wherein Dr. Kenney
told him Mr. Dinverno that he was planning to associate himself with a sports complex
and do his hypnosis privately.

Mr. Dinverno has thought about the current situation and, in his opinion, there is no
question in his mind that Dr. Kenney would never do anything to hurt a student. Dr.
Kenney has a very passionate personality and he just wanted to help kids .




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PAUL J PAQUETTE
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Monday, May 23,2011 I interviewed Panl Paquette. Mr. Paquette has been an
Assistant Principal at North Port High School for 10 years, and has been with the
Sarasota school system for 32 years. The following infonnation was learned during this
interview.

Mr. Paquette's first knowledge of Dr. Kenney hypnotizing students was that he was
going into Psychology classes. He states that "pretty much everybody knew that". Mr.



         i.. _
Paquette is an ex-wrestling coach and he continues to stay "somewhat involved" with the
wrestlers. He was told by a wrestler's mother that Dr. Kenney was "working with her
son"; the mother told him that she sat in with her son on most or all of his sessions. The
student                  mother indicated to Mr. Paquette that her son was undergoing
hypnosis for self control and that. would get down on himself and also had anger
issues. She questioned Mr. Paquette as to what he should key in on with regards to
wrestling. Dr. Kenney later also asked Mr. Paquette about tips for wrestlers, and what
types of little things could be done to get them more focused on what they are doing.
Mr. Paquette said the he recalls the time frame of being sometime in the 2009-2010
school year; he was not able to detennine if it was the beginning of the school year or in
the second semester, however, he recalls the work with. to have taken place in the
2009-2010 school year.

He was never present when anybody went in or came out after having a session. He was
never present when any sessions were conducted. He is only aware that _          mother
was there with her son's sessions because she told him so. Mr. Paquette said that he
believes that Dr. Kenney sometimes had parents in the sessions and sometimes it was
another kid in there. Lately he heard thru secondhand (and there is a lot of that going
around) that Dr. Kenney liked to have other people in there so he didn't feel like he was
alone.

He stated that he believes the sessions were nonnally conducted in Dr. Kenney's office.
Once he knocked on Dr. Kenney's door and walked in, however, when he realized that is
was during a session, he shut the door and walked away - he didn't want to interrupt.
During that brief moment he recalls only hearing Dr. Kenney talking in a low voice; he
did not see much of anything. He did not know who was in the session.

He recalls that. was trying to have once a week sessions. He also recalls him working
with basketball player. helping him with grades, and preparing for FCAT's.

Mr. Paquette said that Dr. Kenney will do anything to help kids. His opinion of Dr.
Kenney is that "there is not a cell or bone in Dr. Kenney's body that would want to hurt
one of their students or any kid". He honestly feels that Dr. Kenney only wants to try to
help people.


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He stated that approximately a month ago (April 2011 ) he had questioned Dr. Kenney
about permission slips and that Dr. Kenney said he had them and he showed him a 3-ring
notebook that he had with what Mr. Paquette estimates as 20 permission slips in it. Dr.
Kenney kept the notebook in his office, but Mr. Paquette is not aware of the exact
location.

Mr. Paquette discussed that since he himself had been involved in a controversial
experience in the early 80's with Health Education that had media presence, he was
worried about the potential of any negative impact that could surface regarding Dr.
Kenney's and hypnosis. He stated that he was worried about him (Dr. Kenney)
personally, and as to where everything was going. Dr. Kenney understood his concerns
and showed him the steps (permission slips) he was taking and that he could prove it was
on the up-and-up, and that he was just trying to help kids. Mr. Paquette said Dr. Kenney
also kept a chart of what he talked about with each student and checked off things on it
that was also kept in the notebook. The chart just had squares and checkmarks on them,
and some notes concerning calming technique, self-esteem.

He recalls that his discussion with Dr. Kenney was initiated regarding., because Mr.
Paquette had several conversations with _      mother discussing and making sure that
her son was going to graduate, etc. He knows that the mother was in there all of the time;
she makes sure she is involved. • also has a younger brother,., Mr. Paquette said
that he may have also had sessions, but he has no knowledge of that.

Mr. Paquette is proud of his relationship with Dr. Kenney and their accomplishments at
the school.

He recalls Dr. Kenney had worked with a basketball player. helping him focus and
improving his free throws. As he recalls, there was something in the paper about that.

Mr. Paquette said that it seemed like a lot of people knew Dr. Kenney was doing these
sessions. People at school knew, Psychology courses were involved, he was working
with., and it was Mr. Paquette's perception that "it was known by those up above
them."

He also thought there had been an article in the paper one time about the softball or
volley ball team and that Dr. Kenney had a motivation speech with them.

Mr. Paquette does not know for sure, but he had "heard thru administration that Steve
Cantees might have had a talk with Dr. Kenney to discuss what he could or couldn't do."
His perception is that it was "maybe don't do it"? However, he has no idea when Dr.
Kenney was told or how many times he may have been talked to. He only heard thru
word-of-mouth that he was "asked not to do it"; and Mr. Paquette has no first-hand
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Mr. Paquette said that in talking with the group of administrators at North Port High
School before this "blew up" there may have been some talk and concerns among them
of "is it right" or "is it wrong"? Is hypnosis more of a technique, or something you
bedazzle? He feels that there are a lot of people who would question the use of hypnosis
in a school and that would be most of their concerns. Mr. Paquette emphasizes that
"everybody there knew that he was only trying to help kids, however the question that
comes to mind was it the right thing to do in schools?"

He has no first hand knowledge of who or what anybody at the School Board may have
told Dr. Kenney to do, or what parameters were set, when he was told, or how many
times he may have been told. He has no first hand knowledge of anything written.

He stated that he had heard that Dr. Kenney worked with some ofthe baseball players;
maybe a pitcher; but he recalls it happening last year or the year before. Mr. Paquette
said that he didn't think anything happened this year 2010-2011.

As far as sessions with. he thinks he may have had "some" this year, but "very few"
compared to last year.

It is Mr. Paquette's opinion that this could have been avoided by "obviously not doing
it". He states that if Dr. Kenney did it, then he did it the right way. He does have a
certificate or license. He went to a school for classes and he took time offto attend. Dr.
Kenney never denied it; he was open and honest about it. Dr. Kenney invited Mr.
Paquette into sessions, which prompted Mr. Paquette to express his concerns with Dr.
Kenney; again because of his personal controversial experience of the past. Mr. Paquette
discussed the fact that after he obtained his Masters Degree, Dr. Kenney had been
instrumental in working with him in getting him the position of Assistant Principal and
that he is very dedicated to Dr. Kenney.

He is not aware of any other administrators having had discussion with Dr. Kenney,
either individually or as a group. The administrators meet everyday at 6:30 a.m. Dr.
Kenney would occasionally state that he was "working" with somebody, but they weren't
always sure what it was (i.e. hypnosis, grades, etc.). Dr. Kenney had an advisory group
of kids that were at risk for drop out, he really just wanted to help, and it is Mr.
Paquette's opinion that it has helped.

Mr. Paquette is very sincere stating that Dr. Kenney is a "good man who really cares
about kids and thought he was helping kids". He has never heard anything negative
about Dr. Kenney.

Mr. Paquette stated that with all of the tragedies they have had he personally feels there is
no tie in with hypnotism. Being a health educator he recognizes that there is controversy
among psychologists and psychiatrists, but in Mr. Paquette's opinion "there is no relation
at all."

Mr. Paquette concluded the interview by saying he "would like to see Dr. Kenney back".
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COMMANDER STEPHEN BARTEK
SENIOR NAVAL SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Monday, May 23,2011, I interviewed Commander Steve Bartek, the Senior Naval
Science Instructor at North Port High SchooL He has been at North Port High School
since July 2002. Prior to his arrival at NPHS, he was in the Navy for 28 years. The
following was learned during this interview.

Mr. Bartek was knowledgeable about the fact that during some of the ROTC away trips,
Dr. Kenney would perform "entertainment and relaxation" demonstrations before a drill
meet. They would take volunteers, maybe 18 to 20, and then after the first 5 or 6
minutes, Dr. Kenney would narrow it down to eight or ten students that seemed more
susceptible. Mr. Bartek described it like the hypnosis demonstrations you would see at
the fair, " ... Your shoes are foam ... you can't remember the number six ... you won't be
able to find your room ... that type of thing ... " The demonstration would last 30 to 45
minutes. He can remember it taking place at approximately, three or four drill meets. It
didn't happen at every drill meet and it didn't happen every time Dr. Kenney traveled
with them. He thinks the first time would have been in either 2004 or 2005 because they
didn't travel the first year or two Mr. Bartek was at the schooL

The last group demonstration Mr. Bartek recalls would have been at their state
competition in early March of2010. The previous time Dr. Kenney held the
demonstration would probably have been during their summer training program in July
2009. Dr. Kenney met them at the library or the media center after the students had been
out running around and doing all of the physical activities. When they were finished, it
would be around 10:00 -10:30 a.m. and they would go upstairs to the media center and he
would do his "entertainment" session.

The first time he saw Dr. Kenney doing this type of hypnosis demonstration, it was a bit
of a surprise, but after seeing it a couple times, it seemed like it was just part of a routine.
Dr. Kenney never asked them to hand out permission slips or to collect any type of
permission slips. "Permission slips were never part of the equation."

Dr. Kenney would ask for volunteers of who wanted to participate and he did encourage
the students to tell their parents that they had participated. These demonstrations were
never hidden, but there were no permission slips obtained that he knew of. In fact, the
parents that came along on these overnight ROTC trips were always invited to watch the
demonstration. It was never anything that was hidden or kept secret. It was very open.
This usually happened around the pool at the hotel or in some other quiet place.

Usually after about 15 minutes, the hypnotic suggestions for most of the students would
wear off. There were a couple of occasions when Mr. Bartek had to get with Dr. Kenney
after a session because a student still couldn't remember his room location or could not
remember the number six or wouldn't go into his room because he didn't recognize
anyone. At that point, it ceased to be funny because they were trying to get everyone to

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bed because they had to be up at 6:00 a.m. the next morning. Dr. Kenney would have to
talk to the student and bring him back out of it. Then he would be fine.

Also present on these ROTC trips was Ron Barchee (sp?). He is now gone and has been
replaced by Sergeant Major Fred Wheeler, who has been at NPHS for the past two years.
Also present on some of the trips would be Keith Little. He is one of the ESE aides. His
wife works at NPHS as well. He is an air rifle coach. Dr. Kenney would only travel with
the ROTC once a year and on rare occasions twice in some years.

Mr. Bartek estimated that, during the time he has been in the ROTC program at NPHS,
Dr. Kenney has probably performed five (5) to seven (7) demonstrations during the
various ROTC trips. Most of those would have been during the Orlando trips and one
possibly occurred during a Miami trip. The demonstration was always the same, the
same dialogue, the same suggestions.

Mr. Bartek mentioned that Dr. Kenney also did individual sessions with some of the
ROTC students. These sessions were geared toward test anxiety and passing the FCAT.
Dr. Kenney worked with., the commanding officer. He graduated in 20 I O. He was
having real problems getting good scores on the SAT's to get into college. • passed
and got an ROTC scholarship.

Dr. Kenney would schedule these with the kids after school and occasional during the
ROTC practice time. Mr. Bartek never observed any of these individual sessions. Mr.
Bartek also thinks that Dr. Kenney worked with the parents (Kim and John Allen) of a
cadet. The parents were trying to quit smoking.

Mr. Bartek has never experienced hypnosis. He has only watched Dr. Kenney's
demonstrations and similar demonstrations in other venues.

Mr. Bartek could not recall the student's name, but approximately one to two years ago,
there was a young man who had an involuntary "tick" and he wanted to get into the
Marine Corp. Dr. Kenney worked with this boy. Mr. Bartek stated that as far as he
knows, he was able to get into the Marines and has been successful.

Mr. Bartek also mentioned that there were a couple of other students that met with Dr.
Kenney for help in passing their FCAT's.

Mr. Bartek stated that he is 99% certain that the students that participated in the
individual session did so with their parent's permission. However, he does not know if
there were any permission slips obtained by Dr. Kenney. There could have been, he just
never saw any paperwork.

Mr. Bartek stated that Dr. Kenney liked helping students. The entertainment value was
good because it helped in the bonding and unit cohesion. Dr. Kenney would ask to come
on these trips and Mr. Bartek could not say "no." Sometimes it was a bit of a distraction
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else and Dr. Kenney wanted to do the show. Mr. Bartek hated to split the group and say
you two-thirds can go because you have finished with your stuff. As a result, sometimes
it was a bit of a distraction, but it didn't bother him to the point where it made him think
that it wasn't a good thing to do.

Mr. Bartek stated that Dr. Kenney was a principal and a PhD, so he assumed he knew
what he was doing along those lines. Mr. Bartek did admit that he thought it was
somewhat unusual and he had never seen anything like it any place before, but he did not
question it.

There was never anything he saw that made him concerned. The students he was aware
of that had gotten individual sessions with Dr. Kenney seemed to have success in their
individual areas. He can't say if they would have passed their tests with out Dr.
Kenney's help, but the track record up until that time was that they had not been passing
the test.

Dr. Kenney would hold these sessions in his office after school hours.

Mr. Bartek stated that he has only heard good feedback about Dr. Kenney and his
hypnosis practice. He has a daughter at Venice High School and if she were hypnotized
in the group entertainment session, it would not have bothered him. He would want to
know if she participated in anyone on one session, however.

Mr. Bartek stated that at Project Graduation, he has watched a hypnotist do almost the
same type of demonstration. This is one of the reasons why he legitimized what Dr.
Kenney did.

Mr. Bartek never received any negative feedback from any students or parents.

Mr. Bartek has no knowledge if anyone had ever expressed any concerns over Dr.
Kenney and his hypnosis practices to the district offices. Nor does he have any
knowledge of anyone from the district offices meeting with Dr. Kenney or telling him to
stop his hypnosis practices. It was always Mr. Bartek's assumption that the school
district "pretty much knew about it, when you do anything this big ... because I think he
would do some of the sports teams ... that is something you don't try to say didn't
happen ... my assumption was that it was okay... so therefore my assumption was that the
Board either knew about it or condoned it, ifnot tacitly ... ifnot explicitly saying it is
okay that they at least condoned it. . .it was just not one of those things that you hide ... he
didn't say, 'I'm going to show you something but don't go home and tell anybody,' it
was never that kind of thing, it was all open."




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SERGEANT MAJOR FREDERICK WHEELER
NAVAL SCmNCE INSTRUCTOR AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Monday, May 23,2011, I interviewed Sergeant Major Frederick Wheeler. He is a
Naval Science instructor at North Port High School and has been at the school for 2
years. The following was learned from this interview.

When he got to North Port High School two years ago, he was told that Dr. Kenney,
would, on occasion, hypnotize ROTC students and that it was a "fun thing."

Since he has been at NPHS, he is aware of two (2) hypnosis demonstrations put on by Dr.
Kenney. The first occurred during Sgt. Major Wheeler's first year at school, around the
third week of July 2009 during mini boot camp. The second and last time occurred at the
State Championships in March 2010.

During the mini boot camp in July 2009, Dr. Kenney took the students into the media
center and through the process of calming music and talking to the kids; " ... they kind of
acted out with some funny gestures and stuff like that ... we all laughed about it and it was
over." Sgt. Major estimates that there were about 20 people in the room including him
and Commander Bartek. Dr. Kenney asked for volunteers. It was only the volnnteers
who participated. He estimates there were about 10 student participants.

The last demonstration that took place occurred at the State Championships in March of
2010. This demonstration took place in either Dr. Kenney's room or a student's room.
Sgt. Major was not present for that demonstration. He doesn't know if it was the same or
similar type of demonstration that he saw in July 2009. He did see some of the kids
afterward "acting out," not knowing the number six and some would have lipstick on.
These were the same results that he observed the first time he saw the demonstration at
the mini boot camp. He does not know ifthere was any parental permission slips
obtained. There were none that he saw.

Sgt. Major has heard about students having individual one on one sessions with Dr.
Kenney for various reasons. The only one he knows of was., who was the
commanding officer this year. Sgt. Major was told he had a session with Dr. Kenney
because he was having problems with the FCAT's and was trying to get focused. His
whole thing was test anxiety. He thinks he had a session with Dr. Kenney, but he doesn't
know when it was, were it took place or how long it lasted, or if anyone else was present,
etc.

He is unaware of any teachers or adults that may have had sessions with Dr. Kenney.

When he first arrived at NPHS and learned of Dr. Kenney doing hypnosis, he was
surprised. He was told by Commander Steve Bartek that it had been going on for some
time "and this is what they have always done."

He is nnaware if the school district knew about Dr. Kenney performing hypnosis.

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Sgt. Major Wheeler did not observe anything negative about the demonstrations. It was
all very light hearted and funny. There was nothing negative or malicious about it.

Sgt. Major Wheeler and Commander Bartek work for Dr. Kenney and his interaction
with Dr. Kenney has been with the ROTC students. He likes Dr. Kenney. He thinks Dr.
Kenney brings a lot to North Port High School. He is well respected and the short two
years Sgt. Major has been at the school, he admires him. 'Dr. Kenney really cares about
students."

He is unaware of anyone instructing Dr. Kenney not to do hypnosis demonstrations or
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KATHY WILKS
PRINCIPAL AT BROOKSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL

On Tuesday, May 24,2011 I interviewed Kathy Wilks. Ms. Wilks is currently the
Principal at Brookside Middle School. She was previously at North Port High School for
9 years, of which she was an Assistant Principal for 5 of those years. The following
information was learned during this interview.

Ms. Wilks is knowledgeable of Dr. Kenney's hypnosis sessions. Her initial knowledge
was when Dr. Kenney worked with her son. back in 2004-2005 when he was a student
at North Port High School. • was an eleventh grader and he was having trouble with
the FCAT. Dr. Kenney had mentioned to Ms. Wilks that he may be able to assist her son
with relaxation techniques and he discussed it with her. Dr. Kenney probably sat with

1   45 minutes to an hour working on relaxation techniques. Later after a practice FCAT
    did fme. _      appointment was during an evening and Ms. Wilks was present during
the session. She states the sessions were mainly breathing, relaxing and discussing the
feeling of confidence and being relaxed before going into the test. • only had one
session; it was when Dr. Kenney was first starting to do hypnosis. Dr. Kenney was
helpful in her son getting transferred to North Port High School from Riverview High
School where he was having academic problems. Dr. Kenney took him under his wing to
assist him in school, classes, and in general just in doing well.

Dr. Kenney initially approached Ms. Wilks with the idea; she believes that he had just
started hypnosis around that time. Ms. Wilks and Dr. Kenney had a close relationship (as
far as a teacher/administrator). Prior to their conversation she had not heard anything
about him doing hypnosis sessions.

Subsequent to that Ms. Wilks is aware that Dr. Kenney was doing hypnosis on students.
She does not recall how many students. She knows that he went to Psychology classes
and did demonstrations there with the students. During the 2008-2009 school year she
sat in and observed one group session after Dr. Kenney told her that he was going to be
doing a class demonstration and invited her to go and observe if she wanted to.

Dr. Kenney would also talk to Ms. Wilks about his working with different students; at
least one time she recalls sitting in a session in his office just to watch. It was very
similar to what he had done with her son, using relaxation. She didn't know if she was
asked to sit in because it was his policy and he needed someone to sit in, or ifhe
mentioned it to say "I am doing this if you are interested in watching". This took place a
couple of years ago when she was an Assistant Principal at North Port during the 2008-
2009 school year. Ms. Wilks did not have knowledge if there was always someone else
sitting in during sessions. Ms. Wilks was aware that Dr. Kenney was doing sessions last
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Ms. Wilks said Dr. Kenney had a permission slip that he required parents to sign. She
never saw it or asked to see it; she does not have any knowledge as to whether he may
have had different forms for individuals, classes and/or groups.

Ms. Wilks stated that she thinks that Paul Paquette had also sat in on sessions, and
Jeremy Sunnners, who previously worked at the school as an aide, had sat in on sessions
also. She stated that there was a session when Dr. Kenney worked with some of the
students when it was time for FCATS. It was held in the theatre and she also sat in on
that sometime in 2008-2009.

Ms. Wilks states that it was "very well known" that Dr. Kenney performed hypnosis
sessions; it was something that they all knew was happening. Sometimes, afterschool if
you needed to touch base with him, he would be in with a student(s). It was just "very
well known".

There was an occasional discussion among the administrators concerning the fact that
they were unable to talk with Dr. Kenney about an issue that they were dealing with
(because he was working with a child) but there was never any discussion or concerns of
it being harmful or ill-intentioned.

Ms. Wilks is not aware of anyone expressing or reporting any concerns to anyone in the
Landings.

Ms. Wilks recalls that during the 2008-2009 school year is when Dr. Kenney mentioned
to her that he had a conversation with Steve Cantees. Ms. Wilks was not present during
their conversation; she is not aware of whether the conversation took place by phone or in
person. It was after that conversation Dr. Kenney told her they had spoken and there was
going to be a shift in referring to it as a relaxation type thing. He did not say or indicate
that Steve told him not to do it. Ms. Wilks understood that what came out of the
discussion was "rather than calling it hypnosis to refer to it as relaxation techniques and
test taking strategies, and focus". It was not clear to Ms. Wilks if that was their
agreement with each other or ifit was just Dr. Kenney's way of calling it something else
instead of having the "hypnosis" label on it. The fact that he kept doing it, and it was
more public (because he did the CD) and his working with the teams, she assumed
everybody knew about it.

Ms. Wilks states that she and Dr. Kenney had a very close relationship and she feels that
ifhe had been told not to do hypnosis and continued to do so she would have known.
She would have questioned him with "How would Steve feel about this, if he told you to
stop?"

As far as Ms. Wilks' knowledge of Dr. Kenney's CD's, she didn't know if they were
audio or video and she did not know what he was doing with them She never watched or
listened to any of them. Dr. Kenney did show her some of the cover art while it was
being designed. She doesn't recall the design of the cover; she just remembers
acknowledging that it something he was doing. Ms. Wilks knew that Dr. Kenney had
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previously written a book on helping parents with struggling teenagers. The book was
available on Amazon. Sometimes when working with kids he would give it to parents to
use as resource; she didn't know if that was his plan with the CD as well.

Ms. Wilks feels that if Steve Cantees told Dr. Kenney not to do something that, given the
closeness of their relationship, Dr. Kenney probably would have told her. Ms. Wilks
recalls that Dr. Kenney did bring up that a conversation had happened, but what she
remembers coming from it was "it was going to be, urn, just be more careful about, you
know, the way that it was phrased."

The evening in 2004-2005 when Dr. Kenney was working with Ms. Wilks' son., Barb
Chompko, who was the Executive Director for High Schools called Dr. Kenney's house.
Ms. Wilks answered the phone because Dr. Kenney was working with her son. She told
Ms. Chompko that Dr. Kenney wasn't available. Ms. Wilks was not sure if Dr. Kenney
had shared what he was doing (as it was new to her too). Ms. Wilks said that a few days
later Dr. Kenney talked with Barb Chompko and told her what he was doing. The next
time Ms. Wilks saw Barb Chompko she told Ms. Chompko that Dr. Kenney was working
with her son said told her "when you called that night, I wasn't real sure if you knew
why I would be over there; it was a little bit awkward to be over at his house." Ms. Wilks
knows that as far back as aronnd February 2005 that discussion had taken place with the
Executive Director, Barb Chompko and that she was aware that Dr. Kenney was having
hypnosis sessions with students. Ms. Wilks stated that Barb Chompko retired, moved
down to Charlotte, but she also thought she has since moved out west to either Colorado
or Las Vegas. That has been 3-4 years ago, and since then Steve Cantees has taken over
her position.

Ms. Wilks never watched Dr. Kenney work with any of the sports teams, but he did talk
about his working with the teams and trying different ways to focus and relax before a
big game, or with their shooting, or pitching. Ms. Wilks definitely remembers that he
worked with basketball and baseball; she does not recall anything about softball.

Ms. Wilks is nnaware if Dr. Kenney ever held group sessions without permission. She
knows that he worked with "certain players". Ms. Wilks knows that he worked with.
a basketball player, and some baseball players, but she did not know specific names.

Ms. Wilks never saw Dr. Kenney working with ROTC groups, but she knew he went on
trips with them and from what she heard from discussion was that he did "all in fun"
demonstrations, like putting lipstick on and doing silly stuff. Ms. Wilks is not aware of
anybody or anyone making complaints about Dr. Kenney doing this.

Ms. Wilks said that there were times, as an AP team, that they would get frustrated
because they were nnable to get to Dr. Kenney when they needed his advice on
something. It had nothing to do with what he was doing with hypnosis. There were just
times they questioned the validity that hypnosis had, but none of them ever felt that kids
were being damaged. Dr. Kenney is very good at heart. Ms. Wilks stated in her son's
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Ms. Wilks is not aware of any subsequent conversation that Dr. Kenney ever had with
anybody at the School Board. It was very "well known" to them that the hypnosis was
happening, she said she knows that North Port is a long ways away from the Landings so
there may have been some assumptions as to what was happening, however, she does
know for fact that Barb Chompko was aware of what Dr. Kenney was doing.

She knows that Dr. Kenney went away for a week of training on hypnosis; she thinks it
was November 2009; during his absence she was left to oversee the school. Dr. Kenney
did not "keep it secret" from anybody, they all knew where he was going and what he
was going for.

Ms. Wilks said that Dr. Kenney never shared with her ifhe was given any kind of written
waming or advice not to do hypnosis. Ms. Wilks is not aware of anybody that he would
have shared anything like that with. Of all ofthe Assistant Principals she probably had
the closest relationship with him, and he would tend to share more with her than others,
but he never disclosed anything to her about anything ever being in writing, she was just
told of the one conversation that Dr. Kenney and Steve Cantees had about referring to it
as relaxation techniques.

Ms. Wilks said that Dr. Kenney has a great relationship with his administrative assistant,
Dianna McLaren, he trusts her a lot. Dianna would always know when Dr. Kenney was
having a session with a student, and Dianna would tell them when he was working with a
student if someone inquired.

Ms. Wilks said that other than., she knows that he did have individual sessions, but
she is not aware of who those students were. She recalls a couple of years ago that.
was a pretty big basketball player but she was not sure if Dr. Kenney had worked with
him or not. She definitely recalls that Dr. Kenney worked with baseball players, but does
not recall any names.

Ms. Wilks stated that Dr. Kenney is "one ofthe most caring people that's out there"; he
authentically cares about the kids. She has experienced this from a teacher's standpoint,
a parent's standpoint (with her own son), and from an administrator's standpoint. Dr.
Kenney was a mentor for her as an administrator. She knows that prior to his marriage he
was a foster parent, and he has constantly had a desire to help kids that struggle. Ms.
Wilks stated that the kids at school absolutely adore him. He is seen as a father figure
and not just trying to be cool. For a lot of kids without a strong male figure in their lives,
Dr. Kenney is there for them. Ms. Wilks stated that Dr. Kenney is always willing to try
to work with students to get them on track, and because of that he is very well respected.

In Ms. Wilks opinion she understands the concerns of outside appearance, but knowing
who Dr. Kenney is as a person, hypnosis is just an extension of him looking for ways to
try to help. She believes that if hypnosis is causing concern and problems, then it doesn't
need to happen anymore at school, but as far as her feeling of "does Dr. Kenney need to

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be removed from his position? "Absolutely not", she feels it would cause even greater
damage to an already fragile schooL

Dr. Kenney was out of town a few years ago when a student was killed. Ms. Wilks
recalled it being her first year as an Administrator. The AP's were dealing with it, but the
feeling was "if Dr. Kenney can just get back everything's gonna be o.k."

Ms. Wilks feels that North Port High School is a tough school to work in; it has a very,
very needy population of students, for different reasons. The people who work there do
so because they believe very strongly in the school and for what it is doing for the kids.

Ms. Wilks feels that when working with a needy population and a struggling community
that does not have a great deal of parental support; you look at unconventional ways of
reaching those kids. Ms. Wilks feels that is where Dr. Kenney's heart is and was. As
much as the staff there cares, if anyone at the school felt that what Dr. Kenney was doing
was detrimental to the students it would not have been something that they would have
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DIANNA L. McLAREN
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT FOR DR. KENNEY AT NORTH PORT HIGH
SCHOOL

On Tuesday, May 24,2011, I interviewed Dianna McLaren. Ms. McLaren is currently
the Administrative Assistant to the Principal, and has been in this position for
approximately 7 years. The following information was learned during this interview.

Ms. McLaren is knowledgeable of Dr. Kenney's working with students in his office, and
she is aware that he scheduled classroom hypnosis demonstrations. She recalls that he
started doing this "maybe" two years ago, possible three years ago but she is unsure. She
does recall demonstrations last year and this year.

Ms McLaren said she thinks Dr. Kenney started this after attending a school and
becoming certified. She said he never really discussed with her how it developed or what
stirred his interest in wanting to do hypnosis, but she knows he did go to a school which
she believed to be in Deland, where he took courses and got certified.

Ms. McLaren was not aware of Dr. Kenney doing this back in 2004-2005; it seems
"pretty long ago to me". She indicated that to the best of her knowledge "maybe 3 years"
ago which would be 2008-2009.

Ms. McLaren was never present at any of Dr. Kenney's sessions. Dr. Kenney would
schedule the students himself. They use a G-Mail calendar that automatically updates on
her calendar. Students that would come in wanting help with FCAT, SAT, ACT would
come in during the school day and ask for a permission slip. If their parents sigued it
they would bring it back and Dr. Kenney would usually talk to the student. Dr. Kenney
kept the permission slips, but Ms. McLaren is not aware of where Dr. Kenney kept them.
Dr. Kenney would then schedule a time on his calendar for the student to come in. Ms.
McLaren is unaware of any other Day-Timer or private calendar that Dr. Kenney kept.
She said that he would also put is personal appointments (i.e. Doctor Appointments or
evening appointments) on the G-Mail calendar. Most ofthe scheduled appointments
were after 2: 15. Sometimes Dr. Kenney would stay later if the students were athletes.
He would work around their practice, sometimes 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. Ms. McLaren said
that Dr. Kenney did lunch duty, so he was gone for all lunches, so he usually did not
schedule appointments during lunch

Occasionally there may be a student during the day having a SAT coming up that they
needed to pass in order to graduate and they would sometimes come a week or two before
the test and ask for Dr. Kenney's assistance. He would give them a permission slip to
have their parents sigu and he would try to work them in whenever he had an opening.

Ms. McLaren said she has printed (and submitted) the calendar for this school year by
week and put the months together. She has also printed the three teachers for the
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available; they used to use Outlook and when they changed systems, those calendars were
deleted.

Ms. McLaren said there were two permission slips, one for the classroom group sessions
and one for the individual. She said that Steve Cantees has copies, and she said that she
also e-mailed both of them to Scott Ferguson at the Landings.

Ms. McLaren said that "sometimes there was, sometimes there wasn't" somebody else
present during the session. She was not aware of any particular scenario of when there
was or wasn't. She said that sometimes a parent would come in after school and they
were always there. There was never any time that it was said "no, you can't come in
here." There were instances where he had people in there just to observe.

Ms. McLaren is not aware of any video taping of sessions. She knows he had a CD or
DVD that she thought was available on Amazon. She thinks the CD was for test anxiety.
She thinks it was this year that he put it together. She does not know who worked with
him, but she thinks one of the art teachers helped him with the cover. She assumed he
did it all himself. She knows there was a self tutorial on Amazon that he used. She said
she knows that is what he did when he did his book; he indicated how easy it was to her.
She is aware that he did one book.

Ms. McLaren said she never heard Dr. Kenney express any concerns of being alone with
a student and that anything could be misinterpreted.

Ms. McLaren's recollection of the number of sessions Dr. Kenney had with stndents was
approximately three times a week. There would be a week here or there that he was not
working with students, but approximately 3 out of 5 days he would work with one or two.

Ms. McLaren said that there were occasions when one of the AP's or a teacher may need
to speak with Dr. Kenney and he was not available because he was in with a student.
This would not OCCllI very often. Dr. Kenney would always follow up with the person
upon knowing that he was needed.

Ms. McLaren said the one-on-one sessions were generally held in Dr. Kenney's office.
She said he sits at the conference table and that is where he conducts the sessions. She
could never overhear any of the conversation( s).

Ms. McLaren is aware of group sessions with Tanya Pryer (Sociology 1Psychology), Dan
Konyak (Psychology 1 History) and Ann Brandenberger (AP Psychology 1Psychology 1
History) Permission slips were always obtained for those kids that wanted to participate;
it was always left up to the student if they wanted to. Ms. McLaren never attended any of
the group or individual sessions.

Ms. McLaren recalls that a parent carne to Dr. Kenney sometime last year 2009/2010
wanting to quit smoking. She does not recall the individual's name, but did state that
they were a parent of one of the school's students .
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She believes that he worked with several of the secretaries' one or two times that wanted
to quit smoking; but that was after Ms. McLaren had left for the day so she doesn't'
really know anything about that other than the fact that one of the secretaries stopped
smoking.

Ms. McLaren stated that Dr. Kenney only used a written permission slip. He would not
accept verbal permission. She estimates that he may have had somewhere between 30
and 50 permission slips. She would put them in his basket by his door and that was the
last time she saw them. She does not know what he did with them.

Ms. McLaren said that she thinks that everybody knew that Dr. Kenney held these
sessions and that it was widely known throughout the campus. She does not know if
anyone in the Landings had knowledge or if anybody ever contacted someone at the
Landing with any concerns. She has no knowledge of anybody from the Landings ever
contacting or having a meeting with Dr. Kenney to discuss his hypnosis sessions. She
said that she would have had to schedule that appointment on the calendar and she never
did. Ms. McLaren has no knowledge of Steve Cantees and Dr. Kenney having any kind
of discussions (even on the phone). Dr. Kenney never mentioned anything like that to
her.

In Ms. McLaren's opinion, if Dr. Kenney had been formally informed that he was no
longer allowed to do hypnosis, she cannot believe that he would have continued to do it.
She states that Dr. Kenney is one of the most ethical people she has ever worked for and
she cannot believe that he would have done that.

She stated that there is a procedure that is used when teachers are warned about a
problem; it is called a "hearing", but it is really just a meeting. There is a form letter
drafted that they have to sign as does the administrator they met with. That signed letter
goes in the teacher's file. She is unaware of Dr. Kenney having any similar meeting with
anyone from the district offices.

Ms. McLaren has read in the paper about all of this, and feels very strongly that Dr.
Kenney would not have violated instructions ifhe had been given any. She knows that
he only did this because he thought he was helping students. She said that students
frequently would stop by to thank Dr. Kenney for his assistance. Just last week, a girl,
whose name she could not recall, stopped by to tell Dr. Kenney "thank you for working
with me, my score went up 20%".

Ms. McLaren was not aware of sports teams having group sessions. She was aware that
Dr. Kenney had worked with one of their basketball players,., on an individual basis.

Ms. McLaren has no knowledge of specifics, parameters, who, when, what or if anything
was told to Dr. Kenney regarding these sessions.

Ms. McLaren knows that Barbara Chompko, the Executive Director of High Schools,
prior to Steve Cantees, would visit the school when she was in the south county. Steve
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Cantees does not visit the school as often as Ms. Chompko did. Ms. McLaren said that
when Mr. Cantees would visit the school, that visit would be scheduled on the calendar.
Time would be blocked out for him to be there. Mr. Cantees would meet with teachers
and do classroom walk through's. He would always start out with the administrator's
then break out into different classrooms. Those visits were always scheduled. Mr.
Cantees did not often do an unscheduled drop-in visit.

Ms. McLaren doesn't know the answer as to how this whole situation could have been
avoided. She does state that Dr. Kenney felt he was able to do something that was
helping students and she certainly doesn't think that anything he could have done would
have affected the boy that killed himself.

She has never worked with an administrator that cared so much for the students. She said
he cares deeply for the staff, but the students are so important to him. Even on days when
he is booked solid, he will always find time for a student that needs him, he will make
time, and he will never say he is too busy. If necessary, he may do a walk and talk, like
when going to lunch duty.

Dr. Kenney was always happy for any student's success. He would always recognize and
make a special deal about kids getting awards. He would often present them with die-
cast mascot awards. Dr. Kenney would never do anything that would hurt himself
professionally or that could possibly hurt the students.

In Ms. McLaren's opinion, she wants Dr. Kenney back at the school, not for her
personally, but for the students "they love him". They have had a very traumatic year.
Dr. Kenney is the "glue that just holds the school together". Dr. Kenney was
instrumental in the community while developing the school and he needs to be there. She
feels that it would be devastating for the students to have experienced what they have this
year and lose him, and especially bad for him not to be there for graduation. Depending
on the results of the investigation, she stated that there may need to be some type of
reprimand or something, but his whole career has been about helping students and she
feels that it never occurred to him that he was doing something wrong or harmful to
anyone. He is needed at the school.

Ms. McLaren said she answers phone calls all day long and has never received or had any
complaints or had anyone raise any issue about Dr. Kenney'S hypnosis sessions .




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TANYA PRYER
PSYCHOLOGY/SOCIOLOGYIHEALTH TEACHER AT NORTH PORT HIGH
SCHOOL

On Wednesday, May 25,2011, I interviewed Tanya Pryer. Ms. Pryer teaches
Psychology, Sociology and Health. She has been with North Port High School for 7
years. The following information was learned during this interview.

Ms. Pryer stated that her knowledge of the first time Dr. Kenney came to her Psychology
1 class was the 2009-2010 school year, although she had heard that he had previously
done demonstrations in other psychology teacher's courses.

She is not positive on who contacted who, but she did talk with Dr. Kenney and they set
up a time so he could come into her class to explain the process, take volunteers and do a
demonstration. Dr. Kenney said that he would bring a student with him that he had
worked with before to show a quick demonstration as to what was involved. Dr. Kenney
emailed a permission slip to Ms. Pryer to print off and give to the kids a couple of weeks
beforehand; and the students had to bring the signed slips in if they were interested in
participating.

She stated last year (2009-2010) there were 3 sessions each semester (a total of6). This
year first and second semesters combined would have been four sessions because she
only has two psychology courses this year (2010-2011). On an average she said there
were probably eight students interested each time.

Ms. Pryer said when Dr. Kenney discussed his explanation of what hypnosis is that he
talked about "how it wasn't something that you would give up your control" and about
"cooperation". She said that she and her students had also talked about that and that they
also discussed "states of consciousness" as that was the chapter they were in. They had
also covered sleep and dreams, drugs and how they affect the brain, meditation, hypnosis,
bio feedback. Dr. Kenney told them that the hypnosis was something that they would
cooperate on just by his suggestion - kind of like the power of suggestion. He said that it
would never cross any moral boundaries. Dr. Kenney gave an example as if "I gave you
a knife and said stab this person, but you would never do that, you would bring yourself
out and you would never follow thru with that". He mentioned just how powerful our
minds can be. Dr. Kenney told them that "this may not happen for you, you can try it,
and ifit doesn't work it's not a big deal".

Ms. Pryer said that after getting the permissions slips from the volunteers, the first thing
that he would do was bring in a subject that he had worked with before and he would
demonstrate the whole process to the class. Then he would ask the volunteers to come
up. He would start by turning on some music, have them picture themselves sitting on a
beach and relaxing, going thru a whole process of relaxation. She remembers him saying
"when I tell you to you, will try to open your eyes, but you're not going to be able to"
because their eyelids were heavy. When he did that and it was not working for some of
them so they would get up and return to their seats, and that anytime they wanted to get
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up and go back to their seats they could. Some of the activities that he had them do for
example was a dance competition where he switched the music, or he gave them lipstick
ant told them that they were in competition to win football tickets to a Buc's game, and
that the had to decorate another person to try to win the competition. He would have
them race to get those same tickets across the room, but he told them that their feet had
weights on them and made them heavier as they were trying to get there. He would also
take one person out of the group and do an age regression; and have them sing the Barney
song like they were 5 years old, and then age progression to make them older.

Ms. Pryer said that she never saw anything negative about what he did, nobody ever got
angry or upset. She said that the biggest complaint she was aware of was that "a boy had
lipstick on his face" afterwards, but it would clean up.

Ms. Pryer said that in her classroom he only performed demonstrations like she
remembered seeing when she was in high school - which was like a comedy skit. She
said that Dr. Kenney was not performing hypnotherapy and she did not see him do
individual sessions or anything other than these entertainment sessions.

She was unaware of any of her students that went and saw him outside of class. Nobody
ever mentioned anything to her about that. When Dr. Kenney brought in people he
worked with before, she said that she didn't know the nature of how he had worked with
them; it could have been in another Psych class for all she knew. She said it would be
different people. Ms. Pryer remembers the one last year was                       another
time it was a student she did not know, and the one this year was a ba1ikeitbaJ

The demonstration Dr. Kenney performed with those kids before the general
demonstration was that he would basically go thru the same relaxation things. Then he
would "tie red balloons to their wrist and have them feel like they were floating." He
would then have them drop and he would catch them and lay them down on the floor.

Ms. Pryer stated that she did not particularly know of any staff members that had sessions
with Dr. Kenney for any sort of help or assistance. She recalled that a co-worker had
talked about her migraines and that her husband also had anxiety, but Ms. Pryer was not
aware if either of them ever saw Dr. Kenney about those things.

Ms. Pryer stated that she was not aware of anybody, either staff or anyone else that may
have gone to Dr. Kenney and expressed concerns as to what he was doing, the
appearance of what he was doing, or the repercussions of what he was doing. She said
that all of the teachers around her knew that Dr. Kenney came into her room for
demonstrations. They never questioned it or expressed concerns, because it was just a
demonstration.

Ms. Pryer had no knowledge of Dr. Kenney ever being instructed to only do certain types
of hypnosis, or not to do individual sessions. She also had no knowledge of CD's that he
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Ms. Pryer said that within her circle, as well as "pretty much common knowledge around
North Port High School was that Dr. Kenney was doing hypnosis" including group
sessions, sports team members, and individuals.

None of her students approached her asking if she thought that Dr. Kenney could help
them improve anything. She did have a student, after participating in a group session that
slept a lot better and wasn't having migraines as much. Dr. Kennedy had said during the
demonstration that "you will have a nice restful sleep tonight," but there was never
anything specific as to dealing with migraines.

She is not aware of Dr. Kenney having specific individual sessions or releases signed by
parents for those sessions. She knows for sure that Dr. Kenney was adamant that they
had releases for her room and that was back as far as 2009. She recalled that when she
started teaching Psych he had already been participating in other Psychology classes. As
stated before, she did not recall who approached who, but Dr. Kenney had everything set
to go the first time that he came to her class. The other classes Dr. Kenney did
demonstrations in were also with Psychology teachers, Ann Brandenberger, and Dan
Konyak.

Ms. Pryer said she felt partial to Dr. Kenney. She has had three principals in seventeen
years, and has had wonderful luck with all of them; one was in lllinois and one was in
Sarasota. Ms. Pryer stated that she knew Dr. Kenney to be very supportive. Although
she personally had never been in any controversial type situation with Dr. Kenney, she
knew he was fair; he would take time to listen to everything and think things through.
Ms. Pryer said that, to her, that is "pretty huge" because he is not just "black and white"
he listens to things.

Dr. Kenney always seemed to handle things well and with what they have endured this
year, the stresses this year have been unbelievable. She said that Dr. Kenney was good
friends with the teacher that was killed this year. She said that to be to be a leader in their
kind of a school is a tough job, especially when you have faculty and students falling
apart all around you, she often wondered who Dr. Kenney went to for support.

Ms. Pryer sees Dr. Kenney as a person that even her own children run to hug when they
see him at ballgames, so she felt that Dr. Kenney is close to their family. She said that
Dr. Kenney had always been supportive of her husband, and respectful to her.

Ms. Pryer said one of the reasons she respects Dr. Kenney so much and to provide an
example of the kind of person Dr. Kenney is as a person, was when her husband, Matt,
was considering going for the head football position. Dr. Kenney called Ms. Pryer down
to his office and they sat and talked about how she felt about that and their conversation
took place before Dr. Kenney really encouraged Matt or anybody else to go for the job.
She said that they talked about "how is this going to affect your family?" "How is this
going to affect you?" "You know that he'll be gone a lot". Ms. Pryer said that not
everybody would have done that, that sometimes it is more about who is best, who is
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the person in the position as well as their family, so she said that after that, Dr. Kenney
'jumped up five more notches for me, because that is caring about the real stuff'. Ms.
Pryer said the Dr. Kenney cares alot for her husband and that he is very supportive of
him. Ms. Pryer did not have one negative situation to note; she stated that Dr. Kenney is
a good leader.

Ms. Pryer said that knowing Dr. Kenney and his personality, ifhe was told "not to do
something" she cannot image that he would have violated that order. She does know that
he always seemed to walk the line and make sure that everything was going the right way
and did what was right. She indicated that he cares a lot for staff and students and that he
is invested at North Port High School. She has heard rumor that he stands up for them at
board meetings at the Landings but she doesn't know how he is with authority above him.

She said that she had a 19 year old student in second period that had been in trouble for
DUI and all kinds of other things and he will be wearing his cap and graduating. That
student put his cap and gown on during first period, he was so proud. The student asked
Ms. Pryer "is Dr. Kenney going to be there?" and she had to tell him that she didn't
know. That student told her that "I'm telling you I'm not walking across the stage ifhe's
not there". She said that there is a lot of talk like that going on right now, and there is
anger and when the students make comments like that, it demonstrates how strongly they
feel. Ms. Pryer said that in the other schools she has been in, she didn't think the kids
would have backed their Principal like the kids at North Port back Dr. Kenney. She said
that there were circumstances that occurred this year, that when the kids heard Dr.
Kenney on the intercom breaking down, they realized that he is affected by everything
too. She said that she felt that this probably has made the students connection with Dr.
Kenney even stronger.

In closing the interview, Ms. Pryer stated that she hoped that the investigation will
present facts and that emotion will be put to the side. She stated that "it seems to be all
nonsense taking place and if there was any conversation of 'don't do that again', then she
understands possible discipline measures would be necessary", but she would hate to see
Dr. Kenney's wonderful career ruined by this situation, and she also said she hated to see
the kids feeling angry and confused.

Ms. Pryer said that Dr. Kenney may have made a wrong choice, but she felt that with
what had already been said in the media and the dealings of the board that enough
punishment had already been done. Ms. Pryer would like for Dr. Kenney to remain their
Principal.




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JANICE REDENBO
BOOKKEEPER AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Wednesday, May 25,2011, I interviewed Janice Redenbo. Ms. Redenbo is the
bookkeeper at North Port High School and has been since the school opened. She has
been with the school district for 17 years. The following was learned from this interview.

Ms. Redenbo was aware that Dr. Kenney was conducting hypnosis at North Port High
School. She doesn't recall exactly when she learned of it. She did state however that it
was "public knowledge."

She explained that she does a service for Dr. Kenney by reading the newspapers and
cutting out various articles. She then puts those articles in his basket every morning for
him to read.

She thinks it was last year sometime; there was an article in the newspaper about him
hypnotizing the girls' volleyball team. It was also well know that he wrote books on the
subject of hypnosis.

She stated that North Port High School always had a hypnotist show up for the students at
their Project Graduation. Dr. Kenney does not do the show but he is there. "There have
been tons of articles in the paper for that too." She stated that John Spiegel from Simon
Says is hired on contract. Unfortunately, he is not doing it this year because it was
mutually agreed that it wouldn't be in the best interest of North Port High School.
According to her, it is the highlight of the night. Because it was such a success at North
Port High School, other schools such as Lemon Bay, Port Charlotte, Desoto, Lehigh
Acres, etc. all started doing the same thing during their Project Graduations.

Ms. Redenbo approached Dr. Kenney to see ifhe could help her son with his SAT exams.
Her son has a problem taking tests and he failed his FCAT's twice. She thought that
possibly Dr. Kenney could help him relax and help him get better prepared for the test.
She approached Dr. Kenney approximately two (2) days before the SATs and asked ifhe
would be able to help her son. (Note: Her son graduated last year.)

Dr. Kenney stated that it usually takes more than one session but he would be willing to
do what he could. He told her that there was a permission slip that needed to be signed
by her before he could work with her son. She went to Ms. McLaren and asked her for
the permission slip, signed it and left it on the desk.

The Friday before the SATs, her son had a session with Dr. Kenney. The session
occurred at approximately 4:30 in the evening after school. She was not present in the
room because she felt that her son wouldn't relax as much if she was there, so she invited
one of his friends to sit in on the session. The friend was so impressed with the session
that he wanted to be hypnotized as well, but because the test was the next day and Dr.
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Kenney didn't have a permission slip from the student's parents, he couldn't work with
the boy.

Ms. Redenbo can't say whether the one session with Dr. Kenney helped her son; however
he did pass the test and he felt he was better prepared. He went to bed earlier and got up
the next morning, had breakfast and was pretty relaxed going in to take the test.

Ms. Redenbo also stated that she and several other adults at the school had asked Dr.
Kenney ifhypnosis would help them quit smoking. Four (4) ofthem decided to see Dr.
Kenney about quitting smoking and they had sessions with Dr. Kenney. She stated that
she remembers everything that occurred in those sessions. He had them close their eyes
and told them to visualize various things such as tobacco companies making a lot of
money and to substitute their cravings for cigarettes with something healthier like carrots.
She stated that she thinks everybody was totally aware, as was she, as to what Dr.
Kenney was saying and what was going on aronnd them. She did not feel that there was
anything negative about the session she had.

The only other individual Ms. Redenbo knows that may have had an individual session
with Dr. Kenney was a student,., who was a basketball player.

Ms. Redenbo doesn't know specifically if anyone at the Landings knew that Dr. Kenney
was performing hypnosis and stated that she would be surprised if they didn't, since it
was so well known and was not kept a secret. She further stated "That's a real bad
statement of affairs at the Landings for them not to be aware of something that was not
even trying to be hidden."

Ms. Redenbo stated that after Kenney was put on administrative leave, Mr. Cantees came
to the school. He said they were there making themselves available to staff for questions
or concerns and they would answer anything that was asked of them. Ms. Redenbo went
into Mr. Cantees because she wanted to ask him what she should do about the part of the
graduation where the hypnotist was to perform.

In her opinion, Mr. Cantees was not there to answer their questions, he was there to ask
the staff questions. She felt he was being deceptive from the very beginning. Ms.
Redenbo stated that she was asked if she was aware if any ofthe assistant principals
knew of any individual sessions and her response was "Look, if you want to keep a secret
in the high school, you couldn't; never mind keeping something that wasn't meant to be a
secret. .. it was in books, it was in the paper."

According to her, Mr. Cantees stated that he was unaware that anything like this was
taking place, yet two days later, she read in the paper that he had allegedly told Dr.
Kenney to stop.

In Ms. Redenbo's opinion, if Dr. Kenney was told to stop, he would have either stopped
immediately or he would have argued his point in showing that what he was doing was
acceptable and ask to district to reconsider their position.
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Ms. Redenbo thinks that Dr. Kenney is a very honest and honorable individual. When he
hired her, he said that there are two reasons why principals get fired, one is sexual
misconduct and the second is financial misconduct. He said that he knew that she knew
the rules and procedures and would have no problem speaking out if she thought that
something was odd and that she would stand up to teachers and not let them do
something inappropriate. She stated that Dr. Kenney has always followed procedures and
she has never caught him in a lie in the 11 years she has known him.

She stated that she has been in the district for 17 years and he is the top principal she has
ever worked for, "he is number one."

Ms. Redenbo provided the investigator with a pamphlet entitled "Identifying or Reporting
Professional Misconduct" that is printed by the Florida Department of Education. She
stated that in her review of that pamphlet, she sees nothing in there that Dr. Kenney did
that was inappropriate. (See Exhibit 5.)

Ms. Redenbo stated that she is aware that there is a progressive discipline or a step by
step process that is supposed to take place with teachers and union members but she has
no idea if that same process applies to assistant principals and principals.

Ms. Redenbo is unaware if there was ever anything in writing that Dr. Kenney would
have received from anybody at the school board. She asked Dianne McLaren, who is Dr.
Kenney's Administrative Assistant and a friend of hers, if she recalled ever receiving an
e-mail or a phone call. According to Ms. Redenbo, Dianne doesn't remember seeing
anything, ever.

Ms. Redenbo stated that she would like to have George Kenney back "tomorrow," stating
that the students need him. "He is the foundation of the schooL"




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TOM MCLAUGHLIN
HEALTH TEACHER AND ASSISTANT BOYS BASKETBALL COACH AT NORTH
PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Wednesday, May 25,2011, I interviewed Mr. Tom McLaughlin. Mr. McLaughlin is
the Health teacher and Basketball Coach at North Port High School. He has been there
five years. The following information was learned during this interview.

Mr. McLaughlin thinks Dr. Kenney has been doing hypnosis at NPHS for approximately
three or four years, from approximately 2007-2008. He has been doing hypnosis
primarily to alleviate anxieties for testing, increase focus and to help with social issues.

He has never heard anything negative about the hypnosis Dr. Kenney has conducted and
he estimates that Dr. Kenney has probably seen 50-60 kids over the past years, but that is
only a guess.

The only "group sessions" Mr. McLaughlin is aware of involves the basketball team and
the "group" was only three to four players at a time. He thinks that parental permission
was obtained on everyone who participated. Sometimes these sessions took place in the
locker room and sometimes in Dr. Kenney's office before games or practice. Mr.
McLaughlin was not present in any of those sessions.

He also knows Dr. Kenney has done individual sessions                                    as
well as Mr. McLaughlin's son.

Mr. McLaughlin also stated that there was a student that had a twitch. He was a pitcher
on the baseball team and he also wanted to go into the Marines. His twitch was almost
like a Tourette's type of affliction. It became a concern when he was on the mound
pitching. He was also concerned that it might prevent him from getting into the Marines.
"Dr. Kenney really worked with him and did a marvelous job with this young man."

Mr. McLaughlin never participated in any hypnosis sessions, but his son had some
sessions with Dr. Kenney. Mr. McLaughlin sought out Dr. Kenney during the 2009-2010
school years to see ifhe could help his son with his test anxiety and focus. Over the
course of a year, his son probably had seven or eight sessions with Dr. Kenney, in his
office after the end of the school day. Mr. McLaughlin sat in on one of those sessions.
He stated that he saw a lot of positive results from those sessions. His son played on the
baseball team and it was very helpful in getting him to focus. He also did much better
with his test anxiety. "It just seemed to relax him .. .it really did."

As far as he knows, no one ever expressed any concerns or any negative comments about
what Dr. Kenney was doing with the hypnosis. "It was always positive." He doesn't
know if Dr. Kenney was ever told by any of his superiors to stop the hypnosis, but with
his knowledge of Dr. Kenney, "If George was told to stop, I'm sure George would have
stopped." Mr. McLaughlin went on to state that "usually if a boss tells someone to stop
doing something, you would think that there would be something followed up with in a

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 hard copy ... sometimes, in a verbal conversations, and somebody said, 'hey be careful'
 does that mean stop? ... I don't know."

According to Mr. McLaughlin, "I don't think anybody did not know what Dr. Kenney
was doing, at least on this campus and for quite sometime .. .it wasn't anything secret."

 This is Mr. McLaughlin's 26th year in this county and he has worked for quite a few
 administrators. Dr. Kenney is one of the most thorough individuals he has come across.
 He has great follow through and he is a very honorable and trustworthy guy.

. In Mr. McLaughlin's opinion, it is unfortunate that it has reached this point. He thinks it
  is a knee jerk reaction to public opinion. It should have been a minor issue or even a
  moot issue. "Maybe a minor reprimand of some sort in the sense that it might have been
  out of the scope of some things that are not common practice ... does the crime potentially
  fit the punishment in reference to someone being dismissed from their job or put in an
  alternate position ... absolutely not...now that we have gone this far, it angers me simply
  because you have now put the man in a position where it could affect his leadership, and
  that is just awful, because there was no reason for it. .. and he has been a good leader, a
  very good leader ... for the population of this school and the make up of this school, he
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CURT ALLEN
ECONOMICS TEACHER, HEAD BASKETBALL COACH AND ASSISTANT
TRACK COACH AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Wednesday, May 25,2011, I interviewed Coach Curt Allen. Coach Allen is the
economics teacher, the head basketball coach and the assistant track coach at North Port
High School. He has been at NPHS since one year after the school opened. The
following information was learned during this interview.

Coach Allen's ')ourney" with this started basically with a kid by the name 0 • . He
was one of North Port High School's top basketball players and probably one of the top in
Florida.

Coach Allen and Dr. Kenney have always had a good professional relationship. During
the time period of 2009, Coach Allen was worried about!IW because he was having
some "issues" at school. As a result, Coach Allen met with Dr. Kenney to discuss what
could be done to help. deal with some of these "issues," During that conversation Dr.
Kenney told Coach Allen that he has some things that might help. Dr. Kenney stated
that he did hypnosis. He also told Coach Allen that he had worked with a few baseball
players and he had put out a CD. Dr. Kenney showed him a web site. Coach Allen was
still somewhat skeptical. He wasn't anti-hypnosis; in fact he associated hypnosis with
something like Norman Vincent Peale's "Power of Positive Thinking."

Dr. Kenney told him a story about a kid that had a stutter that he had helped. Dr. Kenney
told Coach Allen that ifhe thought hypnosis might help., to get with the child's
parents and let them know so they could make a decision. Coach Allen eventually
approached. parents and let them know about Dr. Kenney's offer. Coach Allen
explained that it might be something they want to research first, because Coach Allen

        and.
was not familiar with the process, etc. Aronnd the beginning of2010, he thinks.
parents           got with Dr. Kenney and started the sessions.

Coach Allen has never witnessed any individual sessions. On or about January 2010, he
did see one type of session that occurred at the Port Charlotte game when Dr. Kenney did
a session with.~e bleachers, while his parents were present. •            was being very
heavily recruit~ was excited and fired up and did really well. This of course got
his parents excited. It also was exciting for Coach Allen and Dr. Kenney.

•     ended up getting a scholarship with one ofthe colleges. Coach Allen also thinks that
 Dr. Kenney gave a demonstration to the head coach of that college as well.

Coach Allen thinks that a lot of athletic students got interested as a result of what they
saw. doing on the court.

Coach Allen also remembers a demonstration that Dr. Kenney performed in the career lab
with the students, parents and some ofthe coaches, so they could see what it was all
about. Coach Allen is not sure whether the demo happened before the. session in the

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bleachers, or if it was the other way around. They both occurred very close to the same
time.

The only other time he saw any type of session occurred in the beginning of 201 0, at the
track. It was two or three of the high jump kids and Dr. Kenney was telling them how to
relax. Coach Allen is not sure if permission slips were obtained. He didn't hand any out.

Coach Allen stated that Dr. Kenney was very adamant about getting parental permission.
That was the number one thing as far as parameters were concerned. He was always
open about it. Coach Allen would pass out the permission slips. Coach Allen stated,
"My whole thing was you could do it if you want or you don't have to do it. Don't be
obligated. To me it was like a resource, so you can look into it and use it if you want, but
you have to go through your parents."

Coach Allen stated that sometimes he would recommend someone to Dr. Kenney.

Dr. Kenney would get with Coach Allen and ask him what terms he would use to teach
the ball players, so he (Dr. Kenney) could use the same terms to reinforce their learning.
To Coach Allen, it was a good thing. The parents knew it, everybody knew it. It was all
positive, there was nothing negative about it and it was no secret. Everything was
transparent.

In the fall of 201 0, there was a newspaper article that talked about Dr. Kenney
hypnotized the softball team. There was never any "blow back" about that. In fact, there
has never been any "blow back" about anything. "If you know Dr. Kenney, this is
something that he has done ... l don't know if it works, if it is the placebo effect, if it is
showing interest in the kids, but the results are all ... the kids are positive ... and it was
always a positive experience and it was always a transparent experience, if someone
didn't want to do it they didn't have to."

Coach knows that the softball team was involved as was the baseball team, the volleyball
team and he thinks maybe the football team.

Coach Allen has no knowledge of anyone expressing any concerns about what Dr.
Kenney was doing. It just seemed that "everybody was doing it. .. and it seemed to work
for a lot of the athletic students ... no one was obligated to do it. .. if you didn't want to do
it, no one was pressuring anyone, just don't participate." Parents were present,
permission slips were obtained and the fact that there was no obligation for anyone to
participate was an important factor for Coach Allen. It seemed to be common knowledge
in the school and the community that Dr. Kenney was using hypnosis.

Coach Allen is unaware of anyone making complaints about Dr. Kenney. He never saw
any memo telling him (Curt Allen) not to do something. It was out there and in his mind,
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Coach Allen also felt that if anyone at the school board had wanted Dr. Kenney to stop,
he would have stopped. Nothing was ever said that he was aware of.

Coach Allen stated that it doesn't seem to be Dr. Kenney's personality to ignore a direct
order from a superior. Coach Allen thinks that this is a "bad thing happening to a good
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BECKY HALBERT
GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AND VOLLEYBALL COACH AT NORTH PORT HIGH
SCHOOL

On Tuesday, May 24,2011, I interviewed Becky Halbert. Ms Halbert is the school
guidance counselor as well as the girl's volleyball coach. She has been at North Port
High School since 2005. The following information was learned during this interview.

Ms. Halbert has known about Dr. Kenney and his use of hypnosis since the 2008-2009
school years when he worked with her volleyball team one time. She had heard about the
fact that Dr. Kenney had worked with other coach's teams. She approached Dr. Kenney
and asked ifhe would work with her team. He said he would but he would need the
parent's permission slips and the volleyball specific talking points that she wanted him to
cover.

She also asked Dr. Kenney again this year ifhe would work with her volleyball team. He
did, three times.

He worked with the entire team all at once. Her team consisted of 12 students. Ms.
Halbert was present for all of the sessions. One of the sessions occurred in the media
center and the others were in a classroom. "Basically he would have them sit in their
chairs and he has a music player that would just play soothing nature sounds. He would
just talk to them down to relaxation, then he would go through the cues that I gave him
that we used in volleyball, you know, confidence, getting you feet to the ball, making
your serve ... things like that, volleyball stuff." Confidence was the biggest thing with her
team and Dr. Kenney worked a lot on that. The session only lasted about 15 minutes. He
would bring them back up telling them they would feel fantastic, they would feel
energized and rested, all positive things.

Ms. Halbert stated that she saw an improvement; in some people she saw more than
others. "It wasn't like they instantly turned into Olympic volleyball players ... but I saw
some improvement." He also gave them the signal of squeezing their hands for energy
and they did that during the games to give them an energy boost. She saw no harm. As a
coach, she believes in visualization. Olympic athletes do that. If the students can see
themselves doing that, it has to help them in their performance.

None of her team ever had any private one on one session. Ms. Halbert knew of one
female student that wanted help with test anxiety. Dr. Kenney said that she would have
to have either a parent or someone else with her during a session. The one girl that Ms.
Halbert knew was getting help with testing had her sister in the room with her during her
session. The student got a permission slip from her parents.

Ms. Halbert had heard that some of the secretaries had seen Dr. Kenney to help them quit
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She has no knowledge whether the school district knew that Dr. Kenney was doing
hypnosis with the sports teams or the students. He talked about it to anyone that asked.
He always talked about the positive results he had gotten. From what she heard, most of
the kids that got help from Dr. Kenney had improved test scores. Her volleyball team
improved, other teams improved, ROTC improved. She doesn't know specifically if the
Landings knew, but it was never a secret. She just assumed that everybody knew.

Ms. Halbert never heard anything negative about what Dr. Kenney was doing. In fact,
she had only heard really positive things, "otherwise I wouldn't have had my team do it."

She doesn't know when Dr. Kenney started doing the hypnosis at North Port High
School. She thinks it was in Mr. Konyak's psychology class, but she doesn't know the
year that it started.

Until the recent newspaper articles, she didn't even know that Dr. Kenney had written a
book.

Dr. Kenney's intentions were only for good. She thinks it is really sad, because it was
such a positive thing and it was for a positive purpose. It is sad that he isn't at the school
and the kids are really upset. There are a lot of kids that are saying that they don't want
to go to graduation, because he was the one person that really helped them. "I know that
he was a very, very big positive role model here, for the kids, especially... he's always
had the best intentions for the kids here."

In her position as a guidance counselor, she has never heard anything negative about Dr.
Kenney or the hypnosis situation. "I think that says a lot. . .in all my dealings with him, I
feel like he has always tried to keep the best interest of the students first and he follows
the rules, that is why it is kind of surprising that they say he was told not to and he did
it .. .it doesn't sound like Dr. Kenney."

She hopes that Dr. Kenney can come back. North Port High School is a very unique
population, compared to the rest of the county. She thinks it would be a tough job for
someone new to come in and take over. The kids especially would have a very difficult
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CHRYSTAL HUNT
MATH TEACHER / GIRLS SOFTBALL COACH AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Wednesday, May 25,2011, I interviewed Chrystal Hunt. Ms. Hunt is a math teacher
and girls' softball coach at North Port High School. She has been at North Port High
School since the 2002-2003 school years. The following was learned during this
interview.

Ms. Hunt became aware of Dr. Kenney's use of hypnosis when the girls on her softball
team approached her, not this past season but the season before. They stated that they
were interested in possibly being hypnotized by Dr. Kenney because they knew he had
been hypnotizing other players on other sports teams.

Ms. Hunt approached Dr. Kenney and asked him about hypnotizing her group before one
of their games.

She asked Dr. Kenney what he would need from her for his session with the softball
team. He told her that she would need to get parental permission slips signed by anybody
who wanted to participate.

One day after school, they met as a group in the upstairs library room. This meeting took
place before practice one day and they played a game the following day. This occurred
in the 2009-2010 school year, around February or March 2010.

About ten (10) students volunteered; the rest just watched. Only the students who
brought back permission slips were allowed to participate in the hypnosis session.

Ms. Hunt was present during this session and thought it was quite interesting. Dr.
Kenney had them all sit with their backs straight in a chair and he told them what was
going to happen. He stated that some of them may become more relaxed than others and
he explained what it would feel like. Then he just started talking to them, having them
close their eyes. She explained that it was just very relaxing, sort of like meditation.

After a while, Dr. Kenney went through and held up their hands to see if they were
relaxed or not. Then he started talking about the points that Chrystal Hunt had provided
him, such as, "watching the ball, getting your feet to the ball, things like that."

Ms. Hunt did not participate in the session but she was sitting beside Dr. Kenney
watching what had occurred. She estimates that the session lasted about 30 minutes.
This was the only session that her team ever had with Dr. Kenney.

Ms. Hunt stated that during practice that day, after the session, all of the girls were very
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Ms. Hunt did not observe anything negative as a result of this session. She stated that her
team did not ask to do it again. They talked about it as a group and didn't feel that they
needed it or that it helped them all that much.

Ms. Hunt is unaware if Dr. Kenney has hypnotized individual students, there is no
student that she is aware of that he has hypnotized.

Ms. Hunt talked to Dr. Kenney because she was interested in possibly being hypnotized.
He talked to her about it and let her borrow one of the CD's that he had produced. She
thinks the CD had to do with relaxation and self confidence. She does remember that
many of the things mentioned on the CD was about being positive and staying positive.
This occurred in the spring of 20 10, prior to the hypnosis session with her team, but she
didn't actually listen to the CD until after he had hypnotized her softball team.

Ms. Hunt never had any individual sessions with Dr. Kenney.

Ms. Hunt does not know whether the school board or school district had any conversation
with Dr. Kenney about his hypnosis nor does she know ifhe was ever told that he could
conduct hypnosis or if there were any guidelines established for what he could or could
not do.

In Ms. Hunt's opinion, Dr. Kenney always tried to do things that would help the students.
She feels that he believed that hypnosis was a tool that he could use to do that.

She stated "I don't feel he would ever do anything to hurt a student ... ever."

She stated that in her observation of the one session she saw, it was all very positive and
there was nothing that could be construed as detrimental or negative.




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MATTHEW PRYER
PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER/FOOTBALL COACH AT NORTH PORT HIGH
SCHOOL

On Wednesday, May 25,2011, I interviewed Matthew Pryer. Mr. Pryer is a physical
education teacher, the Head of the P.E. Dept., and the Head Football Coach since January
2010. He has been at North Port High School since the 2003-2003 school years. The
following infonnation was learned during this interview.

Mr. Pryer stated that regarding his knowledge of Dr. Kenney and his doing hypnosis, he
feels that it was pretty well know that Dr. Kenney did hypnosis on campus. Outside of
that and other than questions he has asked Dr. Kenney directly, he has no further
knowledge.

Mr. Pryer's first knowledge about Dr. Kenney doing hypnosis on campus involved
psychology class; however, he is not clear of the time. Mr. Pryer was also aware that Dr.
Kenney provided one-on-one sessions with students because, thru conversations with Dr.
Kenney as well as some of the kids that were reaping benefits from it, they would more
or less brag about their accomplishments and about the specific things that Dr. Kenney
was doing with them. Mr. Pryer knows of a football player, who also does track that was
excited because he was working with Dr. Kenney on test techniques and as a result, the
student was really confident about taking tests.

Mr. Pryer stated that it was pretty well know that Dr. Kenney was working with students;
it wasn't a big deal or a big conversation topic. Kids were excited about some of the
things they were doing, this is the perception that Mr. Pryer fonned from his overall view
from the kids he talked with.

Mr. Pryer stated he has had an individual session with Dr. Kenney on one occasion. It
was somewhere near the summer of20l0. He had been asking Dr. Kenney questions on
how it works and he had sat in on some sessions and Dr. Kenney was very open and
allowed him to sit in on. Mr. Pryor had sleeping problems and wanted to see if Dr.
Kenney could help him. He knew everything Dr. Kenney was saying; he was never
"knocked out", which had been his initial perception. He was very relaxed, he enjoyed it.
He did not have further sessions with Dr. Kenney as their schedules didn't line up, but he
doesn't see anything wrong with hypnosis, he thought it was "pretty neat."

He is not sure if after one session he experienced great results, he feels that the one
session was probably an intro type thing. What he took out of the session is that he
remembers everything that Dr. Kenney was saying, everything that was going on, his
eyes were open at one point, he engaged in conversation, he was refreshed and relaxed.
His experience was totally different than what you see in movies or on TV.

Mr. Pryer is nnaware if Dr. Kenney ever had sessions without someone sitting in. He
estimates that he sat in on 2 for sure, maybe 3 or 4. The sessions were held in Dr.


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Kenney's office, after school hours, late in the afternoon. Mr. Pryer was not comfortable
providing specific names of the individuals that he sat in on.

Mr. Pryer is not aware that Dr. Kenney had ever been told not to perform hypnosis. He
did state that on Wednesday (a week ago) when Mr. Cantees came into the school, Mr.
Pryer was out of school that particular day because his daughter was sick, but he came in
because Mr. Cantees was meeting with teachers so he felt "it was a pretty big deal". He
stated there were three other teachers with him (he doesn't know all of their names). Mr.
Pryer's concern was that he felt the district was being "reactionary", which he has
personal issues with. He feels they should be proactive. Mr. Pryer again stated that
"everybody knows that he's been doing it". All of the when's and where's may not be
known, but it was not a secret and never has been kept a secret. Mr. Pryer stated that he
questioned the "reactionary" approach with Mr. Cantees and was told "I did not know
that he was doing this" Mr. Cantees said "I am his direct Supervisor and if anybody
should have known he was doing this, it should have been me". Mr. Pryer stated that he
agreed with Mr. Cantees about his statement.

Mr. Pryer stated that the next day in the newspaper it was stated that the district knew this
was going on and that they had told Dr. Kenney to stop. Mr. Pryer stated that either the
newspaper got it wrong or Mr. Cantees lied to him that day.

Mr. Pryer expressed his concern that Mr. Cantees had told him, during their conversation
that "he did not know". In Mr. Pryer's opinion, he feels that Mr. Cantees should have
known. Mr. Pryer asked if Mr. Cantees knew about the time when Dr. Kenney took a
week off of school two years ago to get certified in hypnosis and Mr. Cantees replied "I
did lmow about that."

Mr. Pryer found it surprising that they claimed they didn't know, and when he asked Mr.
Cantees about Dr. Kenney's books and CD, he was told that since it was under
investigation he probably shouldn't talk any more about it.

Mr. Pryer believes that Dr. Kenney's books and CDs were also pretty much common
knowledge. He had heard that Dr. Kenney had produced them but Mr. Pryer has never
seen or heard them, but he knows they exist and are available.

Mr. Pryer went to school in Sarasota County, he graduated from a Sarasota County
School, his mother taught in Sarasota County for 37 Y. years prior to her retirement. He
taught in Iowa for a while and has been back in Sarasota for 8 years now. As a long time
Sarasota County resident, he feels strongly that the school board is acting in a reactionary
manner. His feeling is that "it's really not a big deal here, people knew."

Mr. Pryer said that everyone knew that Dr. Kenney was working with.
high profile athlete for the school. •
                                                                              an.  was a
                                        was seeing benefits and making free throws and
feeling good about everything that he is doing. Because ofthat, the word spread. Kids
were saying, "hey let me get some of that." Mr. Pryer feels that people just don't
understand the whole process and benefits of hypnosis and relaxation .
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After Mr. Pryer's hypnosis session he discussed with his wife that it was crazy because
he knew everything that was going on, he told her exactly what Dr. Kenney had said and
what he had done and he told her it was awesome and he was totally relaxed. He stated
that it was "crazy" because he had the preconceived notion that hypnosis was some
different type of thing than what he actually experienced.

Mr. Pryer said he carries a radio and that sometimes Steve Cantees would drop in on
campus. He stated that he knew Steve Cantees did a good job at getting around to all of
the schools. His personal opinion of Dr. Kenney is that "he is not the kind of guy to
shuffle all of the papers and hide them in a drawer because somebody showed up .... that
is absolutely not George Kenney."

Mr. Pryer has known Dr. Kenney for a number of years. He stated that when he sat with
Steve Cantees, he told him about the time when he put his resume in to become Head
Coach. During that time he had a lot of conversations with Dr. Kenney; and that without
his knowing, Dr. Kenney had called Mr. Pryer's wife in to talk to her. Dr. Kenney
wanted to ask her if this career move would be healthy move for her and the family. He
asked her if "Matt can do this ... this is a bigjob, how do you feel about it?" Mr. Pryer
stated ... "for a man to do this, in the middle of the day, to block an hour off; that's the
kind of man he is; that's the kind of leader he is." Mr. Pryer has never been around
another leader like Dr. Kenney. Mr. Pryer feels that Dr. Kenney cares about Mr. Pryer
personally, his wife and his family - before he cares about winning football games. He
honestly feels that had Dr. Kenney received negative feelings from the discussion with
his wife he probably would have tried to talk Matt out of it.

Mr. Pryer feels that Dr. Kenney is a great leader, period. He is not only plugged into the
school, the community, the kids, the faculty, the staff and their kids, it is pretty well
known now, as to the great job he does with budget, staffing, compliance, taking them to
aB school with the FCAT's. Dr. Kenney sits at the top of the pyramid. It takes a lot to
make a school like North Port successful and that is what Dr. Kenney has done.

Mr. Pryer feels that if Dr. Kenney was told not to do something by somebody, he
personally believes that Dr. Kenney would not do it. Mr. Pryer feels that you don't get to
be a principal of a school by ignoring things when people ask you to do something. If Dr.
Kenney told a subordinate to do something he would expect them to follow his
instructions; it has happened during his own evaluation from Dr. Kenney and there were
expectations that Dr. Kenney wanted from him.

Mr. Pryer has no knowledge of any person from the district telling Dr. Kenney that he
could do this, but not that.

Mr. Pryer feels that it is clear they need to be proactive, in their classrooms, with their
kids and everything they do. He does not feel it is acceptable for him to have a
reactionary approach with a student or one of his players. The school district should act
in the same proactive way and not be so reactionary.
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Mr. Pryer does not have knowledge of any negative perception of Dr. Kenney's sessions.
All of his help with the students has been positive.

Mr. Pryer is not aware of any prior complaints that were ever made to the School Board
that never got addressed at the school.

If Mr. Pryer could fix this situation, his solution would be to wrap up the investigation the
next day. He feels there is probably a lot of redundancy in what is being said by people
that are being interviewed. He would wrap it up without a big to-do and get Dr. Kenney
back in his seat in the office so the school year can be finished with their leader.

The school needs him this year to finish them out. Going forward, "North Port High
School is George Kenney". If it were Mr. Pryer's decision, he would put Dr. Kenney
back in his seat without every news truck being there saying "he's back." Let him do
graduation and work out any consequence later, but to remove him is not right.

Mr. Pryer feels that "this has been made into a mountain", and Dr. Kenney's whole being
is wrapped up in doing good for the kids and wanting to be helpful, even before he started
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RYAN LAVALLEE
CRIMINAL mSTICE TEACHER AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT NORTH PORT
HIGHSCHOOL

On Thursday, May 26,2011, I interviewed Mr. Ryan LaVallee. Mr. LaVallee is a
criminal justice teacher and Athletic Director at North Port High School. He has been at
NPHS for 8 years. The following information was learned during this interview.

He can't put a date on when he first learned that Dr. Kenney was using hypnosis at North
Port High School. It was connnon knowledge that he was doing hypnosis demonstrations
in psychology classes. That information had even been published in the school
newspaper.

Mr. LaVallee never sat in on any of the demonstrations conducted in the psychology
classes.

Last school year (2009-2010), when Mr. LaVallee became the Assistant Athletic
Director, he became aware that Dr. Kenney was working, after school hours, with certain
athletes that needed assistance with their sports performance.

Mr. LaVallee never observed any of the sessions conducted with any of the athletes. He
does know that there was an article in the Herald Tribune newspaper about Dr. Kenney
and his hypnosis of the 2009-2010 softball team. He doesn't recall the specifics of that
article.

Mr. LaVallee has never heard anything negative about Dr. Kenney and his hypnosis.

Other than a few athletes he is aware of, such as a couple of basketball players, a couple
of wrestlers, a few softball players. He does know that Dr. Kenney came to him and
asked ifhe could work with one of the pole vaulters, who was a good pole vaulter but he
was having a hard time progressing. He definitely had a mental block and he thinks Dr.
Kenney saw that. Dr. Kenney also told Mr. LaVallee that ifhe did work with the student,
he would need to get the student's parental permission. Mr. LaVallee approached the
pole vaulter and asked him ifhe was interested, but he was not. Nothing more was ever
said about it.

It was very connnon knowledge that Dr. Kenney was doing hypnosis at NPHS. It wasn't
hiddeu by any means. Mr. LaVallee couldn't say if the people in the Landings knew or
should have known, but they were at the school a lot. There was no cloak of secrecy
about it. It was very common knowledge on campus, so he just assumed they knew about
it. Everyone talked about it and people were here all the time from the district offices.

He has no first hand knowledge if Dr. Kenney was ever told not to do hypnosis at the
school. He is unaware of anyone from the school or the school district coming to Dr.
Kenney and telling him that he couldn't do hypnosis or spelling out any parameters as far

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Near the end of February 2011, he knows that Dr. Kenney was conducting individual
sessions, with the parent's pennission, of two brothers. This is the last time he has any
personal knowledge of Dr. Kenney doing individual hypnosis sessions.

Mr. LaVallee felt that there was a positive aspect and an enhancement of performance. "I
think it helped some of them, I talked to the wrestling coach and he felt it was helpful, it
didn't hurt them, either it worked or they think it worked, which either way was a good
thing." As an example, there was. at the free-throw line. He was more relaxed and
did better. It could have been a placebo effect, but either way, it helped him.

Mr. LaVallee stated that, as far as he observed, there was nothing at all that was a
negative aspect. If that had been the case, there would have been red flags raised, and
there wasn't anything like that.

Mr. LaVallee never sat in on any sessions. "Occasionally, if! was working the
afternoon, I might look in his office window and he might have somebody in there, in his
office."

In Mr. LaVallee's opinion, Dr. Kenney needs to be put back to work. If the district did
tell him not to do this anymore and he did it anyway, they need to "slap his wrists and put
him back to work." He thinks taking him out of the school the way they have has been
very detrimental to the school. "He is definitely the leader ofthis school and you know
without him, it would be a struggle for someone to come in here and replicate what he
has done ... this school has come a long way with him as the leader."




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MATTHEW MITCHELL
HOPE TEACHER AND SWIM COACH AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Tuesday, May 24,2011, I interviewed Matthew Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell is a Hope
Teacher and Swim Coach at North Port High School. He has been at North Port High
School for seven years. The following information was learned during this interview.

Mr. Mitchell first became aware that Dr. Kenney was doing hypnosis approximately 3 Y2
years ago, which would have been approximately OctoberlNovember 2008. He cannot
recall how he learned about it; perhaps just by hearsay, but he knew it was going on. Mr.
Mitchell had heard that Dr. Kenney performed demonstrations in the psychology classes.
He never saw any of those demonstrations.

Mr. Mitchell is aware of individual sessions, because he experienced first hand hypnosis
from Dr. Kenney. This occurred near Mayor June in either 2008 or 2009; Mr. Mitchell
was trying to pass the FELE test, which is the Florida Educator Leadership Exam, for his
Master's Degree. He had failed it three times and his wife told him to "try anything you
can" to pass the test. He sought out Dr. Kenney, had three individual sessions with him
over a three week period. He was successful in passing the test. He is not sure if that is
the only reason, but it made a difference. He didn't feel that he specifically suffered from
test anxiety; but he was not a good test taker. It took him numerous times to pass the P .E.
exam and he knew his content like the back of his hand, but he just doesn't test well.

Mr. Mitchell said the session was nothing like he expected. His perception was that he
would have been completely under and not know what was going on, and that was
completely opposite of what occurred. He remained totally aware of what was going on.
"It was different from what I expected because I didn't really know what it was about; I
had not done research on it. I had heard that he helped other people so I went to him and
asked for his help. It was basically going over the test and some study guides to say
when you highlight it you'll see things, you'll be able to focus on the computer screen,
you'll hear clicking around you and you won't be able to turn your head, you will only be
able to focus on the exam, and that is exactly what happened." He had not planned on
seeing Dr. Kenney, but in speaking to him they decided to try it. His sessions were all
after school hours and took place in Dr. Kenney's office at the conference table. Dr.
Kenney played background music. It was nothing like you see on TV.

Mr. Mitchell has heard of other individuals that have met with Dr. Kenney for help, but
he does not have first hand knowledge of anyone coming to him and discussing their
experience. He did have one student. that was preparing for one of the Dr. Kenney's
demonstrations and the student asked Mr. Mitchell to sit in because the students' parents
were unable to attend that day. The student had a permission slip from his parents. This
occurred after Mr. Mitchell's second session. What Mr. Mitchell witnessed was the same
thing that occurred in his personal session. Dr. Kenney had • "go to a football game"
and explain what he saw, etc. He had him do three things, one was the football game,
and the second was they flew on a magic carpet. Mr. Mitchell could not recall the third
thing, but it was nothing embarrassing.

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Mr. Mitchell stated that he was aware that Dr. Kenney had worked with some of the
basketball team and with some of baseball players in the past, but he cannot say
individual names, his knowledge is only second hand. He recalls that this was going on
during the same time frame as when he had his sessions with Dr. Kenney, which would
have been around 2008 or 2009.

Mr. Mitchell only heard about Dr. Kenney's book(s) and You Tube video after reading
about them in the recent newspaper articles. Prior to that, he had no knowledge. He
never saw or had first hand knowledge of this, it was never part of any discussion that he
had with Dr. Kenney.

Mr. Mitchell had no idea if anybody at the school board was aware of Dr. Kenney doing
this. Mr. Mitchell has no knowledge of anybody who said anything to Dr. Kenney or if
there was ever anything in writing given to Dr. Kenney. In Mr. Mitchell's opinion, he
really believes that if somebody would have told Dr. Kenney to stop, that he would have
stopped; especially if it was a directive from a superior. Mr. Mitchell said "the kind of
guy Dr. Kenney is and the way he leads is he might tell you that 'this is not a good idea
but that doesn't necessarily mean stop, it means you need to go a different avenue. But if
he tells you to "stop" he expects you to "stop". Dr. Kenney is a professional; not a
dictator, but when he says something he really means it" and that is why Mr. Mitchell
feels that if Dr. Kenney had been told he would have followed the instruction.

Mr. Mitchell stated that, as the Swim Coach, Dr. Kenney never approached him to offer
sessions to any of his students. Dr. Kenney did not "advertise" his services. It appeared
to him that Dr. Kenney felt that when others heard of him and asked for his help he
would help them. Mr. Mitchell feels that Dr. Kenney had no intention for his services to
get out of hand.

Mr. Mitchell feels that Dr. Kenney personally has not hurt anybody, so he would love to
see Dr. Kenney come back; he is a great person to work for. Although Dr. Kenney and
the district are Mr. Mitchell's bosses, he will respect their decision. If Dr. Kenney
violated what he was told to do, then he should be disciplined, just like Mr. Mitchell
would expect to be disciplined ifhe didn't follow his boss's orders. He feels that Dr.
Kenney could come back to North Port and be just fine, or as fine as he can be after being
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TRAVIS SLANGER
ESE ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER AND BASKETBALL COACH
AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Wednesday, May 25,2011, I interviewed Mr. Travis Slanger. Mr. Slanger is the ESE
English teacher, Social Studies teacher and Basketball Coach at North Port High School.
The following information was learned during this interview.

Mr. Slanger learned, first hand, about Dr. Kenney's use of hypnosis during the 2010-


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2011 basketball season. The prior year, he had heard about Dr. Kenney using hypnosis to
help students with their sports performance. •     was one of the students Dr. Kenney
worked with during that year. Mr. Slanger witnessed one            sessions from a
distance. This session occurred on the side of the bleachers prior to a Port Charlotte
game. • was sitting in a chair during the session. Mr. Slanger was not close enough to
hear what was being said. Mr. Slanger has never sat in on one of Dr. Kenney's hypnosis
seSSIOns.

He was aware that some of the individual athletes would have sessions with Dr. Kenney
during practice or prior to games.

Mr. Slanger estimates that six to ten basketball players participated in Dr. Kenney's
hypnosis sessions. He doesn't know anything about parental permission, explaining that
the head coach would be involved in that.

He has heard that some staff members may have had sessions with Dr. Kenney, but he
has no first hand knowledge of that.

Mr. Slanger does remember one group session that occurred. During one of their games,
everyone was outside the gym. Two or three kids went on the bus with Dr. Kenney. Mr.
Slanger couldn't hear or see what was going on.

Mr. Slanger didn't see any sort of improvement that looked any different than normal
practice would produce. "I didn't see anything negative either, I didn't hear any kids say
that this isn't working, it's messing me up or I can't focus because of it."

There were sometimes where he felt that the kids were a little too "laid back" and not
quite assertive enough. He's not sure if it was just the student's personality or if the
relaxation techniques were causing them to have their edge taken away and causing slow
starts.

From Mr. Slanger's perspective, the fact that Dr. Kenney was doing this hypnosis was
very open. "He never came out and addressed it via email or saying in a meeting 'Hey,
this is what I am doing' .. .it just kind of filtered out .. .it was pretty open and most people
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Mr. Slanger has no knowledge of anyone complaining to the district offices about Dr.
Kenney and his practice of hypnosis. He did know that there were questions and
conversations amongst colleagues, wondering what it was all about and what was going
on. There was some concern that it could possibly have a negative effect on the school.

Mr. Slanger stated that he personally doesn't know that much about hypnosis and from
what he saw, he didn't see it as an effective tool, but he assumed Dr. Kenney and some of
the other coaches knew more about it than he did.

Mr. Slanger heard about Dr. Kenney having written some books and produced some
CD's. Other than what he heard in passing, he doesn't have a lot of knowledge about
that.

During the last year's season, Dr. Kenney was at their practices frequently. Mr. Slanger
does not remember Dr. Kenney being at as many practices the previous year's season.
He did say that Coach Allen and Dr. Kenney had a pretty close relationship over the last
year or so.

Mr. Slanger has no knowledge whether anyone at the district offices ever told Dr. Kenney
to stop doing his hypnosis or restrict it to certain parameters. To him, it did seem a little
unusual that the district offices didn't know what Dr. Kenney was doing with hypnosis
and the students. From Mr. Slanger's perspective, Dr. Kenney's interest and involvement
in the use of hypnosis for sports performance seemed to intensify at the start of this
school year. ''I'm not saying they were hiding it before, but it was very much out in the
open on campus this school year."

Mr. Slanger stated that he thinks Dr. Kenney is a great guy and his heart is in the right
place and he genuinely wants to help kids and he is a great administrator. Mr. Slanger
stated that "On the other hand, there is a part of me that is extremely embarrassed that
this is in the paper and to be working in a place this is happening ... for that I am kind of
angry and upset that he has put all of us in that position .. .if this is something he was
doing at school and ifhe knew he wasn't suppose to be doing it and this is the backlash
that we're in the paper and we have all of these distractions now we are dealing with the
students at the end ofthe year, that is kind of a tough pill to swallow."




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DONNA BATTIATA
SECURITY MONITOR AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, I interviewed Donna Battiata. Ms. Battiata is the Security
Monitor at North Port High School and has been since November of 2009. The following
was learned from this interview.

Ms. Battiata was aware that Dr. Kenney had been having hypnosis sessions with a student
named., a basketball player. She asked someone if they knew of Dr. Kenney doing it
for other individuals. She approached Dr. Kenney, stating that she was having a problem
with her son and would he be willing to talk to him and help him out. Her son was
having self-confidence issues, self-control issues; he needed to know how to cahn down
when he got frustrated and angry. He also had anxiety issues regarding school work. Dr.
Kenney agreed to assist.

Ms. Battiata checked with her son to make sure that he was okay with it. Dr. Kenney
also had a conversation with her son to make sure that this is what he wanted to do. Her
son agreed that it was o.k., so they started having a session about once every two weeks.

These hypnosis sessions started in January of 20 11. Ms. Battiata stated that she estimates
that Dr. Kenney met with her son approximately ten (10) times since January 2011. Not
all of those were hypnosis sessions. Some of them were just conversations because Dr.
Kenney was very good with helping her son.

Ms. Battiata did not sit in on any of her son's sessions. Dr. Kenney asked her if she
wanted to sit in on any of the sessions. She spoke to her son and her son said that he
would rather not because he wanted to do this on his own. Ms. Battiata stated that Dr.
Kenney would tell her anything she wanted to know and that he was "very good with her
child." The sessions just consisted of her son and Dr. Kenney.

She does not recall signing any permission slip but she did give Dr. Kenney verbal
permission to work with her son.

Ms. Battiata stated that she did note that her son stayed a little bit more focused and was
somewhat better with his behavior issues, but she did not observe any significant
improvement. She did state that her son developed a very good connection with Dr.
Kenney and any topics that she wanted Dr. Kenney to discuss with her son, he would.
Her son was aware that she and Dr. Kenney were talking about his issues.

Ms. Battiata stated that Dr. Kenney always talked to her after the session and "filled her
in, nothing was ever a secret, everything was out in the open" and she had a very good
rapport with Dr. Kenney every time.

Ms. Battiata naturally assumed the school board/district offices new that Dr. Kenney was
hypnotizing students. Before she even approached Dr. Kenney, she checked things out


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and knew that a lot of athletes were seeing Dr. Kenney to help them with their athletic
performance.

Ms. Battiata never noticed anything negative or problematic as a result of the various
sessions Dr. Kenney had with her son.

Ms. Battiata was unaware of any teachers or adults that may have had sessions with Dr.
Kenney.

She has never heard anything as to whether the school board instructed Dr. Kenney not to
do any hypnosis or if he was given any guidelines as to what he could or could not do.

Ms. Battiata stated that she can "only say good things about Dr. Kenney" and she can't
talk too much about it because she gets emotional due to the fact that he was one of the
few people that helped her with her son when he needed somebody. "He treats everyone
the same, he's a great guy."

According to Ms. Battiata, she would love to see Dr. Kenney come back to the school.
She says this not only from an employee standpoint but from that as a parent. She stated
that he treats the kids excellent, he's always cahn with everybody, he's very nice and the
kids respond to him. She's never heard a bad thing about him, and she's in security, so
she hears everything. The only thing that she has heard of a negative nature is from other
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KATHLEEN MORAN
REGISTRAR AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Wednesday, May 25,2011, I interviewed Ms. Kathy Moran. Ms. Moran is the
registrar at North Port High School and has been for 9 years. The following information
was leamed during this interview.

In the 2009-2010 school year, she and some of her co-workers approached Dr. Kenney to
see if he could use hypnosis to help them stop smoking. She had two, possible three
sessions. These sessions were held in his office after they were done with work.

Her son. had hypnosis sessions with Dr. Kenney during the school year of 2009-2010.
His sessions were held later in the year after those of his mother. She thinks he had one
and no more than two sessions to help him with concentrating for ACT's. His sessions
were also held in Dr. Kenney's office after school hours. She gave Dr. Kenney written
permission to hypnotize her son.

Her son's test scores did improve.

Another student named. also had some sessions with Dr. Kenney, but she doesn't
know how many. She knows that _    mother sat in on his sessions.

She has no knowledge of anyone expressing any concern about Dr. Kenney and his use
of hypnotism to anyone at North Port High School or to the district offices at the
Landings.

She has no knowledge if anyone from the Landings ever told Dr. Kenney to stop doing
anything or spelled out any parameters for him to follow.

Her experience was very calming and very relaxing. "It was sort of like a meditating
kind of thing ... very calming." It was different from what she expected. She thought you
wouldn't be aware of what was being said or what you were doing, but she knew exactly
what was going on and she heard everything. All of Dr. Kenney's suggestions were of a
very positive nature. "You just had your eyes closed and you were just relaxed, like
meditation. "

As far as she knows, the office staff was aware of Dr. Kenney's use of hypnosis. She
doesn't know ifthe assistant principals were aware. They had a meeting every morning,
but she doesn't know if they talked about that in those meeting.

In her opinion, Dr. Kenney really cares about the kids at the schooL They are his main
concern. He also goes by the book. She thinks that if Dr. Kenney had been told by his
bosses not to do something, he would follow that directive. She would like to see Dr.
Kenney back at school and if that means he needs to stop doing hypnosis, then he should
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THERESE MATIS
LONG TERM SUBSTITUTE TEACHER AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Thursday, May 26,2011, I interviewed Therese Matis. Ms. Matis is a Long Term
Substitute Teacher and has been with the Sarasota County School system for 8 years.
These last four years she has been substitute teaching at North Port High School. She
teaches english and intensive reading. The following information was learned during this
interview.

Ms. Matis has knowledge of Dr. Kenny's hypnotizing students because she has seen the
permission slip that he gives out. She has had several of her students tell her that they
have been hypnotized by Dr. Kenney. One of them. was alone with Dr. Kenney
during his sessions on two separate occasions. He has also been hypnotized in groups
through the ROTC. Another one of her students,., has been hypnotized twice. He
had fellow students with him both times. "On one occasion he was on his way to soccer
practice and they went into see Dr. Kenney and Dr. Kenney asked him if he wanted to get
hypnotized." Ms. Matis did not hear or see that conversation; it was "just what was told
to me,"

The two boys.      and.   that came forward in the paper and claimed they did not have
permission slips, "both those boys are no longer here, which makes me kind of weird
because they came forth and said they didn't have permission slips, I found that very
strange, they no longer go to school here."

Ms. Matis said ... "what I'm seeing here is a common denominator in all of that is I have
not heard one girl tell me she has been hypnotized, I see all boys, all sport teams and
ROTC. I have had other teachers tell me that he hypnotizes on buses going to the
sporting games .. .I have another student of mine., who is an amazing baseball player,

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and he has been hypnotized by Dr. Kenney ... uhm, I think there is a big tie to that whole
. ' like those two boys.              were best friends with. and that whole thing is
very strange why they are not coming here and one of my students _            who is a straight
"A" student is not in school in the last week and a half, because she is now dating. and
it is very strange and she told me that because the whole school is being really mean to
them because of the hypnosis thing. I just find it very strange .. .it is so black and white to
me."

None of the students expressed anything negative or uncomfortable about their sessions
with Dr. Kenney to her ... "But they are 16, ifI was 16 and my friends asked me to get
hypnotized ... they are 15, 16, they are impressionable, it is just. .. "

Ms. Matis would contact every parent of every sporting team, from baseball, soccer,
basketball, football, and ROTC and ask the parents if their child got hypnotized. She just
feels that male sporting is the common denominator and she finds it very strange. To her
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Ms. Matis was not really aware of the hypnotizing until last year (2009-2010). "I was
very like "wow". She saw the permission slip, and "couldn't believe it". She states that
she never sat in on any group or individual sessions. She is aware that the basketball
coach, Mr. Titner, has been on the bus when Dr. Kenney has been on the bus and he told
Ms. Matis about Dr. Kenney doing hypnosis on the bus before the basketball game, while
the bus was en-route. Ms. Matis does not know if the whole team was hypnotized.

Ms. Matis found out about the hypnosis at the same time as another teacher, Mrs.
Gordon. There was a permission slip left on Mrs. Gordon's desk for hypnosis "and that
was shocking to us."

This year, Ms. Matis went into Tanya Pryer's room and found out that she was allowing
Dr. Kenney to perform hypnosis demonstrations in her psychology class; "so that is when
I started questioning things .. .I was like, really?!"

Ms. Matis said the kids "didn't come to tell me, they have no clue," they were just talking
about how cool hypnosis is, "they were just talking and I picked up on it."

Ms. Matis is not aware of any teacher or anyone else ever going to Dr. Kenney or any
school administrator to express any concern as far as what Dr. Kenney was doing with
the hypnosis of students. When Ms. Matis started looking into this, she "heard" that there
was a lady (who was a teacher there) that is now in Manatee County, who took it all the
way to the top, but she got fired. She is not aware of the name. Ms. Matis leamed of this
information from another teacher, Ms. Gernert, who teaches AP English. Ms. Matis is
not aware ofthe time period of this event.

Ms. Matis has no knowledge of who did or didn't have permission slips. She expressed
that if she were investigating this matter, she would "contact every parent of sporting
team members and talk to their parents directly; it is sporting teams, and ROTC and boys.
It is very narrow; I have never heard a girl tell me she has been hypnotized. Boys,
sporting, ROTC."

Ms. Matis has only seen one permission slip; she is unaware of any other type of
permission slips. The one she saw was involving athletics. I showed her a copy ofthe
permission slip I had and she confirmed it was the same.

Ms. Matis stated that to the extent of what she is aware, Dr. Kenney has never provided a
group of teachers and/or students with any kind of explanation or offer education as to
what hypnosis is.

Ms. Matis has no knowledge of ever seeing any CD's or DVD's of Dr. Kenney's. She
did go on line when she first leamed of this and found out he had books on Amazon.

Ms. Matis stated that she had no knowledge of Dr. Kenney showing up when students
were injur.ed at sporting event or in the weight room when he heard something on the
radio. But in Ms. Matis' opinion "I found it very weird that Dr. Kenney was in the
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dugout at a baseball game, I don't understand why he was in a dugout at a baseball game,
and I just find that odd."

Ms. Matis has an opinion of this "common denominator" between Dr. Kenney and boys.
She said she is a sports person herself; and to her it is quite obvious that this is sports
related. She has athletes in her classroom and has never heard of his participating with
the girls' sports teams.

Ms. Matis has no knowledge if anyone at the Landing knew of what Dr. Kenney was
doing, or what they knew, or when they knew. She "thought" he was told "like two years
ago" not to do hypnosis at the school, but "I don't know that for a fact, someone just told
me that ... J heard that he was told not to do any individual sessions, but I can't say that
with like positive .. .it is strictly hearsay."

Ms. Matis has no specific knowledge if Dr. Kenney was permitted to do group sessions.
She knows that he did go into several of the psychology classrooms taught by Ms. Pryer,
Ms. Brandenberger, and the one that is retiring, as well as the ROTC ... "he does a lot of
ROTC."

Ms. Matis said that her one student. told her about his individual session with Dr.
Kenney. He told Ms. Matis that Dr. Kenney took me into his office, turned off the light,
put on some music and "I just relaxed and I fell asleep and then I just woke up." The
student said he was "out" for 15-20 minutes. She did not witness this session.

Ms. Matis feels the school needs more discipline. It starts from the top. She feels that
kids get away with a lot there, she feels that kids "run the show" she thinks they look at
Dr. Keuneyas their father. The kids love Dr. Kenney. They have 2300 students there
and when you walk around campus you can see the dress code, nothing is really enforced,
and kids make out around the campus. She doesn't feel there is strict enough discipline
at the schooL She feels that Dr. Kenn~y is a "friendly guy" but she thinks ... "it is so
black and white to me, why would anybody be doing this? These teachers that are
standing up for Dr. Kenney are doing so because they are frightened for their jobs ... b1ack
and white, would you let your child go into a room and turn the lights off? I think it is
easy to prove, it is all sporting teams."

Ms. Matis stated that she has never had a problem with Dr. Kenney, she has learned a lot
through SUbbing. She has been in every school, most of her time has been spent there in
North Port; she knows a lot of kids on campus. The kids are young and impressionable.

Ms. Matis would like to see justice done. She feels it is not right, it is definitely wrong.
To her it is "black and white, it is so wrong." She doesn't care how nice you are. She
questions this curricu1mn, did the Landings give this as curricu1mn, and is it part of their
mission statement? Is it in the book? She just wants justice done for the kids. She feels
the kids don't know anything about hypnotizing and that it is black and white that
hypnotizing is "nothing but controlling someone's mind ... taking control over someone's


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mind." She is looking for justice and does not feel it is a wise decision for Dr. Kenney to
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STUDENT AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Thursday, May 26, 2011, I interviewed• • is in ROTC at North Port High School.
The following infonnation was learned during this interview.

• became knowledgeable about Dr. Kenney doing hypnosis in March 5, 2010 during the
 State championships for ROTC. They were on their way to Orlando, FL and everybody
on the bus was talking about "go to Dr. Kenney's room tonight you know there's going to
be some kind offnn thing".

After arriving at the hotel and getting some food a bunch of students went to Dr.
Kenney's room around 8:30 p.m. "It was packed with people; they were all bumping
shoulders ... there was about 15-20 kids in there." There were 45 to 50 ROTC students on
the trip.

Dr. Kenney told them to find a seat so everyone was sitting. Then he played some music
and told them to relax, let things go, if you feel like falling over you fall over. Then he
told them something like "imagine you're going into a dark tunnel, you are going deeper,
and deeper, and deeper." At that point. got up and walked out; he thought it was kind
of dumb. He didn't feel like anything was happening, he just heard the music and Dr.
Kenney talking . •    friend. walked out a little after he did. • said that Dr. Kenney
did not discuss anything about what he was going to do or why he was going to do it or
what to expect, he just said to be relaxed.

• was sharing a room with. and he said that. "was missing for like an hour after the
 session had ended and that when he came back in the room he had lipstick on him and a
dollar bill in his pocket and he didn't know where he got it from. He said he never
remembered where he got it and he couldn't find the room because all of the letters were
in Japanese and he couldn't read anything and he said that he didn't know where he was
nntil he finally just got out of it." He later found out that he got the dollar bill because he
won a dance contest. •       thinks that this occurred in Dr. Kenney's room. From wha.
 "heard", Dr. Kenney had told them that they were going to be out in the sun all day and
 they needed lip balm, but it was lipstick they used instead. • did not see this event and
was not in Dr. Kenney's room when that happened.

• said that Dr. Kenney did not give them permission slips at anytime and that "most of
us did not have pennission slips ... a couple of the seniors did." He said that Dr. Kenney
probably gave pennissions slips the year before.

•    mother~her said they were unaware of this hypnosis session being
 conducted. _            said "I didn't know nothin about what had happened to him until
recently when everything started coming out in the            and then he told us and I
was totally shocked and got very upset."                              have ever sat in on
 any hypnosis sessions nor do they have first                                  is all
 about.

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• stated that around the beginning of 2011, he knew of a group session that was being
held in Ms. Pryer's Health Science Class, next door to the English class he was in. His
class was told to not go in there and not to disrupt them "because of the session going
on."

• said his frien. told him he broke the 100m record because he did a hypnosis
session with Dr. Kenney. • said it's "kinda weird, you know, you get hypnotized and
then you break a record .. .it's just yonr mindset, I guess". • is not aware of how many
 sessions. had with Dr. Kenney or where they were held.

Other than the partial group sessio. witnessed in the Orlando hotel in March 2010, he
has never seen any other sessions. He saw Dr. Kenney going into Ms. Pryer's class the
day he heard that her class was having a session, and that Dr. Kenney had a mini-boom-
box with him.

• stated that Dr. Kenney also held a demonstration that took place in the school library
 dnring the July 2010 ROTC boot camp. About 5 or 6 ROTC students participated in that.
• doesn't know if there was permission slips obtained from anyone.

~ stated that "I don't like it at all, you never know what could be going on in
them kids' heads .. .It could mess with the mind, could, don't know for sure but could
mess with their heads, put some kind of thoughts in their heads."

• states "of course I am going to say that I don't like it because my friend, you know
committed suicide the day after. But I think when you get hypnotized, it is the
 subconscious mind, and maybe ... you know he went to Dr. Kenney saying I need to be
more out going. When does that not trigger something saying, 'I don't feel right with
myself or I need to be a better person', right there is your point right there saying I don't
 feel good about myself, I am not feeling right. .. he (Dr. Kenney) said, oh he didn't come
to me saying he was depressed and if I knew he was depressed, I would never have done
it, well right there is yonr ... "

•      had two or three sessions with Dr. Kenney, but he never talked   to.    about them. •
 said that the day. killed himself, he wasn't acting himself He wasn't texting in class
 like normal, he was just slouched in his chair and he left class early chair.

According  to.,  he was told that. asked two of his friends to "beat the crap out of
him" after the bus left.

No one (either. or his parents) had any knowledge of any complaints or concerns that
had been made about Dr. Kenney to any administrator or anyone at the Landings.

They were unaware if anyone at the Landings or the district office of having prior
knowledge that this was going on, but~ stated that "yea they should have
   ..
known." _            said "they shouldn't be doing it period; not at all". He stated "you

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know everybody's got their opinions but I disagree about it 100%, they don't need to
hypnotize kids at all."

_          would like to see Dr. Kenney transferred out of there and not be allowed to
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SOPHOMORE AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Thursday, May 26,2011, I interviewed• . • is a 10th grade student and in the
ROTC program at North Port High School. The following information was learned
during this interview.

_
                                                                                 to.
           stated that he was aware of an activity that took place in March 2010 during an
ROTC state event in Orlando, FL The night before the event, people came up
told him that Dr. Kenney was doing a hypnosis thing in his room. There were about 20
                                                                                       and

students that showed up in Dr. Kenney's room and approximately 15 participants
volunteered. There were about 50 total people on the trip; they had the whole floor of the
hotel all to themselves.

Dr. Kenney started by saying, "close your eyes, relax, just let your body sit there, you're
gonna do good at states tomorrow, but I want you to pretend you are going down into a
dark tunnel, going deeper, deeper, and deeper." He played music and had them put on
what he said was sun block, for protection from the sun because they were going to be
out in the sun all day, but it was actually lipstick, so everybody went around putting
lipstick on. • said he doesn't remember anything much after that, because he got tired
of sitting in there. • said he "tried it" and then he just got up and watched. There were
some people that seemed to be more affected than others.

Dr. Kenney told the kids that were doing the session that they couldn't recognize their
room numbers because they were all written in Chinese and when the kids were
disbursed, one of the kids was by himself and actually went missing for about an hour.
The boy wasn't in his room or on their floor; they had no idea where he went. When they
found him and he finally snapped out of it, he still had lipstick on his face. When he
went to take his pants off he found money in his pocket and didn't know where he got the
money or the lipstick. "He had no clue."

• stated that there was a parental permission slip to go on the trip, but in the consent
 form there was nothing about hypnosis. There was no mention about Dr. Kenney being
there. Dr. Kenney rode with the ROTC on the bus. _            has been in ROTC for two
years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. It was the first (and only) time that. knew of Dr.
Kenney participating with the ROTC. Dr. Kenney did not go this year.

• felt that the session was "kinda awkward that he had us put lipstick on, and make us
forget room numbers". He said it didn't make any sense to him; and he said that he did
not forget any room numbers; he gave up halfway through. He said he usually doesn't
go through with something if it doesn't make sense.

• said that he does not recall anything during the session that seemed to be negative or
would cause alarm or make him question anything that Dr. Kermey was saying. He said
the session lasted approximately 30 minutes. There were both students and teachers in
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the teachers said anything about the session. • does not recall any other adults or
parents in the room; just the students, Sergeant Major and Commander Bartek were
present.

_     mother stated that her son told her last year that they did hypnosis up at the hotel in
Orlando, and at the time, she said "something went off in my head that just didn't seem
right" and she asked her son ifhe had participated. He told her no, but he was in the
room, and after talking with him she asked him if "anybody could do this?" and he told
her that you're supposed to have a parent consent form, but anybody can go in and do it.
She thought that it was just a "one time thing" so she didn't think it was anything she
needed to be concerned with. She later leamed from her son's friends that Dr. Kenney
was doing hypnosis sessions this year.

•      mother said that she absolutely did not provide parental permission for this; she
reads everything. She stated that she did not go to Dr. Kenney to express any concerns
 after learning of this. She further stated that she has not had any interactions with Dr.
Kenney, so she really has no opinion of him other than what she has heard of how this
ROTC session had been conducted.

• said the only permission slip he received was for the trip. • mother said that they
 are unaware if there had been consent forms signed previously for hypnosis, but no one
presented them with any consent forms for hypnosis.

• said he is aware that his friend,., did hypnosis in group sessions and he also had
private sessions with Dr. Kenney. He stated that_ sessions were after school hours;
however he is not aware of where they were held.

• did not speak with. about the reason he was having sessions with Dr. Kenney.
 All he knows is what he read in the newspaper.. said that. never talked with him
 about the sessions "because, after I saw him after the sessions, he was, you know, he
didn't remember anything, he was still under it, he wasn't fully emerged."

• said that "One day,. attended a group session during school hours and he got on
the bus afterwards and started sitting there and he's never quiet, he is always the
loudmouth on the bus and he gets on and sits by hitnself away from everybody and just
sits there and he starts looking at his hands and starts going one, two, three, four, five,
six, eight, nine, ten, eleven ..... no wait I thought you're supposed to have ten fingers. He
was not really even talking to anybody; he was talking to himself and I knew he wasn't
 faking it cause I said ... what are you doing? I called his name a couple of times and he
said my name i s . , sorry .... so he didn't even know his name. Then I knew he wasn't
faking it because it is a 15 minute bus ride back to my house and he did it the whole way
there, he kept doing the same thing the whole way there, he couldn't come up with ten
fingers; he kept coming up with eleven. He wasn't smiling or laughing or talking to
anybody, he was just talking to himself..... my name's., one, two, three, four, five,
six, eight, nine, ten, eleven .... and just kept doing it over, and over, and over, and over,
and over again."
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• believes this event took place about a month before his death, which would have been
 mid-March 2011 . • is not aware of what group class he had attended; it is unknown
·which class or group he was in; nobody has been told if even he was in any class or
 group.

                                        _
• said that Dr. Kenney did not approach _ parents. • approached Dr. Kenney
 and his parents gave their permission for~ be hypnotized.               .

_       is not aware of any other students that have had individual sessions with Dr.
Kenney.

Other than the session t h a t _ saw in Orlando he has never seen any other sessions
either group or individual that Dr. Kenney every had; but he does know a lot of people
that have done it. The softball team, football team, sports teams; he believes that it was
done on the whole team; however he is not sure about parental consent forms.

•     mother would like to see hypnosis not be allowed in a school setting. She does not
know Dr. Kenney and has no opinion as to whether he should be allowed back into the
 school; it should be dependent upon the results of the investigation.




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SENIOR AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Thursday, May 26,2011, I interviewed• . • is a senior at North Port High School
and has been at North Port High School all four years. The following information was
learned from this interview.

Dr. Kenney put on some demonstrations in Ms. Brandenberger's Advance Placement
psychology classes. Anyone that wanted to volnnteer had to get their parent's
permission. He estimates that only five or six kids would participate. • did not
participate in that, he only watched.

•     mother approached Dr. Kenney and wanted him to help. overcome his test
taking anxiety. He had two individual sessions with Dr. Kenney in November 2010 the
week before he took his SAT's. The sessions were in Dr. Kenney's office after school
 and before track practice. The sessions were very relaxing. Dr. Kenney had relaxing
music playing and. was totally aware of what was being said and what was going on
around him.



In.
He knows that there were some athletes who had hypnosis sessions with Dr. Kenney.

         opinion, there was nothing negative about what he experienced in those hypnosis
seSSIons .

•     ould like to see Dr. Kenney at the graduation ceremony. He thinks he is a good
principal and deserves to come back.




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•
SENIOR AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Thursday, May 26,2011, I interviewed• . • is a senior at North Port High
School. The following information was learned during the interview.

•    stated that he initially learned of Dr. Kenney's hypnosis sessions thm a referral from
 Coach Allen last school year 2009-2010. • stated that "I am not a great free throw
 shooter or a good test taker" and it was about district time, when free throws are
important, and Coach Allen suggested for him to give it a try. The coach told him, "If it
 doesn't work, it doesn't work but at least that way you can develop a relationship with
Dr. Kenney." •       stated that because it is such a big school, not everyone can know Dr.
Kenney the way he does now. Dr. Kenney agreed to help., and. believes that "it
really worked out, it helped me, I believe mentally". • stated that the power of
suggestion helped him out, his test scores went up; his free throw percentage went up.

•

                                                         o.
      estimated that his first session with Dr. Kenney was December 2009 or January 2010
 and he probably had five sessions prior to the ACT and throughout basketball season he
 estimates he had three sessions a week, at the request         because he felt it helped him
 out. All in all he has probably had around 30-40 sessions with Dr. Kenney. Most of the
 sessions were in Dr. Kenney's office, sometimes there were other basketball players
present. •      stated that he personally felt uncomfortable with other people being
present, and he requested Dr. Kenney to allow for his sessions to be only one-on-one.

•     stated that his sessions with Dr. Kenney would start out by Dr. Kenney having him
 do breathing in and out, counting to 10, shut his eyes, breath in and out and relax. Dr.
Kenney would just talk and say "if your head wants to drop down; just let it, relax all the
muscles in your body, you'll fee1like warm relaxation go through your body", and then
Dr. Kenney would just talk and tell him things like "now tonight when you're at the free-
throw line you are going to focus and he would just drill it into your head so when you
 are up there you remember what to do and you are not worried about the crowd, you are
just worried about what he said and that makes you think more about what you are
 doing." Whether people believe it or not,. stated that "I thought it helped me focus
more". • stated that his parents were behind it 100% and had given their permission to
Dr. Kenney to work with him.

Dr. Kenney also helped him with some summer tutoring for an on-line class. • came
to the school and used the computer there because he didn't have a computer at home at
that time. _     father would come with him sometimes and he would sit in on the
sessions.

•    stated that he never had any negative experiences at all and said, "I don't see how
you could, to me it was a really relaxing thing that made you feel good, and you like,
when you came back to like realization you just felt more relaxed and you felt
 comfortable".


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•     stated that you always knew what you were doing when you were under. You were
not sleeping, you were so relaxed and you were so focused on what Dr. Kenney was
 saying; and you know what's going on. "I know where I'm at; I know what I'm doing".
•     said that Dr. Kenney would put some relaxing music. "There was nothing negative
 or bad about the sessions ... you would know if something would be wrong or right; you
 can tell the difference."

•    stated that "they have gone through a lot and to lose the guy who cares for us the
most, and cares for every student would be unfortunate." He said they have gone through
way to much this year to have him taken away from them. • stated that he speaks as a
senior and probably for the whole class that a lot of them (as a school, and the senior
class) are not happy and "walking won't be the same". He said that Dr. Kenney has a
tough job and he doesn't see a lot of other people that could do it like he does.

•    said that Dr. Kenney has been there for everybody. Every student that ever comes to
him, he will talk to. Dr. Kenney means a lot to the student body; and the student body
means a lot to him. • thinks with all of the tragic events that have occurred, without
Dr. Kenney that is just "adding on to the pile." Everyone is hurt by losing Dr. Kenney.

•    felt that it was unfortunate about what happened t o . , but for the leader of the
 school to not be there is making everything worse; they just want Dr. Kenney back.

•     has read a lot of stuff on a Facebook link that Dr. Kenney wasn't allowed to do
 sessions; then they changed what they said. He can't recall what they said. There are
 students on Facebook that graduated six years ago that say what a great guy Dr. Kenney
 is. "Dr. Kenney is the type of guy that ifhe's told not to do something, for any reason,
 he wouldn't do it. Because he just knows a lot is at stake; he is a popular guy; everyone
 loves him."

•      doesn't know too many people that don't like Dr. Kenney, because "he is just there
 for everyone. To be there for every student and maintain the school, it is amazing and he
 is a really good guy."

•    feels that there is absolutely nothing negative associated with hypnosis; either in his
own sessions or those of others he has spoken with. • feels this is something to help
kids; not hurt kids and that Dr. Kenney would not do anything to put kids in danger; or do
anything to hurt kids, he just wants to help every kid. He feels that it is wrong to penalize
Dr. Kenney; he doesn't agree with it.


                                                                               at.
The last session he had with Dr. Kenney was in January 2011 right before the regional
game; there was another teammate there as well,. That session took place
house. • stated that Dr. Kenney and his parents are friends; but he doesn't like to
flaunt that in front of other people.

From. knowledge, Dr. Kenney received permission to do sessions; he was not
doing it behind anyone's back; parents knew about it.

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In regard to the statements in the news from the ROTC kids that said it didn't work on
them and that they did it without parental permission,. stated that "you were not
forced to stay in the room when they do group sessions and if it didn't work then you
didn't get hypnotized, what is the big deal. Secondly, you had the right to leave. Why
were they doing things their parents didn't know about?"

•     stated that this whole thing is being blown out of proportion and it just brings
negativity to the school, which is the last thing that they want because all of the attention
 that has been generated at the school this year has been negative. They have had a
 teacher get killed and three fellow students die, and now their leader of the school is
 gone, it is just hard on everybody.

•     stated that he would stop by Dr. Kenney's office daily just to say hi to him and that
Dr. Kenney would always take time out of his day to talk to students. After every class
 Dr. Kenney would stand outside his door greeting students. • appreciates that Dr.
 Kenney always makes time for them. He attends away garnes, regional games, he would
 ride the bus with them, he goes to all of the baseball garnes, he attends track meets that
 sometimes go as late as 11:00 p.m. and he gets to school at 6:00 in the morning. •
 stated that he knows Dr. Kenney has a life too, but he puts his students first which is
 appreciated by everybody.

•     stated that it would mean a lot to the seniors who want to shake his hand and get a
picture with Dr. Kenney. He has helped a lot of students become better people including
 him.




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SOPHOMORE AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Thursday, May 26,2011, I interviewed• . • is a sophomore at North Port High
School. The following information was learned from this interview.

He first learned about Dr. Kenney hypnotizing people from his fellow basketball
teammates talking about how Dr. Kenney helped them overcome their mental barriers on
the court. He wanted to talk to Dr. Kenney because. had been having problems with
contact on the court.

He had a couple of sessions with Dr. Kenney. Those sessions helped him with not only
his contact issues in basketball, but Dr. Kenney also helped him with his fear of heights.
"It helped a lot."

His first contact with Dr. Kenney would have been around January of2011 . •
approached Dr. Kenney. • had to get a permission slip signed by his parent's before
Dr. Kenney would work with him.

• estimates that he had about nine sessions with Dr. Kenney in Dr. Kenney's office,
 after school. Sometimes he would have a meeting with Dr. Kenney during basketball
practice, but the coach knew about it and was O.K. with that because he knew it would
help. He had one session over the telephone, a few weeks ago, before all of the
newspaper articles.

• stated that during the sessions, Dr. Kenney talks to you and you get relaxed. He was
totally aware of what was being said and what was going on around him. "It is not like
what you see on television with the guy with a watch."

• stated that everything about the hypnosis sessions is all positive. Everybody he has
talked to that has been hypnotized by Dr. Kenney has had a good experience and it has
helped them a lot.




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JUNIOR AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Thursday, May 26, I interviewed., who is a junior at North Port High School. The
following information was learned during this interview.

Dr. Kenney has hypnotized. about seven or eight times. His last session occurred in
March before ACT's. • said that he just wanted to be relaxed for the test.

All of the sessions were held in Dr. Kenney's office after school. Dr. Kenney got a
signed release from. mother.

He started seein&!?r. Kenney during the 2009·2010 school year. • has test anxiety and
plays sports, s o . uses the hypnosis to help relieve stress and for relaxing purposes.
Whenever. gets stressed out due to sports or school, he goes to Dr. Kenney to help
him relieve the stress. "It works, it just relieves stress, and I use it mainly for stress
relief."

Prior to starting the session Dr. Kenney goes over all of the things that. wanted to

                                            to.
work on... "like I just want to relax at the plate and keep my hands quiet." Dr. Kenney
will write all ofthat down so he can talk          once he is in a relaxed state.

•   stated he is always aware of what is being said and what is going on around him.

• remembers one time during playoffs; Dr. Kenney talked to the whole team while they
were sitting on the bench. This conversation lasted for about five minutes, and all Dr.
Kenney did was get them to relax.

Dr. Kenney works a lot with the school's sports players and students who want to do
better in tests.

• stated that he has never experienced anything negative concerning his hypnosis
 sessions. "It just calms you down ... 1 have always felt amazing, like I had an eight hour
nap after I got out of there, like it felt good ... your eyes are closed, but you can hear every
word he says and you know where you are, it is not like you are knocked out, it is nothing
 like that."




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•
SOPHOMORE AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Thursday, May 26, I interviewed., who is a sophomore at North Port High School.
The following information was learned during this interview.

•    mother approached Dr. Kenney during the beginning of this year. She sought out
Dr. Kenney because. was experiencing stress and anxie~about tests. She signed a
permission slip before Dr. Kenney held any sessions with • .


                    and.
• and Dr. Kenney tried to get together once a week, but many weeks, due to Dr.
 Kenney's schedule             schedule, they were unable to meet. • estimates he has had
 approximately 15 sessions with Dr. Kenney. These sessions took place in Dr. Kenney's
 office, after school, around 3:00 or 3:30 p.m. These sessions were to help. with his test
 anxiety and his sports performance in basketball. The m~ty of the sessions consisted
 of just Dr. Kenney and • . On one occasion, a friend ot_ wanted to watch, so he did.

• stated that the sessions were very relaxing and very positive. He was aware of
 everything Dr. Kenney was saying and he was aware of where he was and his
 surroundings. "You were still awake, you knew everything that was going, and you just
 listened to the music and what Dr. Kenney was telling you ... you were just relaxed."

•   thinks the sessions were very helpful and he felt much better when taking his FCAT's.

At the end of the interview,. stated that he thought Dr. Kenney should be back at
school. "He helped kids ... kids came first. .. he's a pretty good Principal and everybody
likes him."




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•
FRESHMAN AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Thursday, May 26, I interviewed., who is a freshman at North Port High School.
The following information was learned during this interview.

At the end of April or the beginning of May, 2011, Coach Allen recommended that.

                  far.
talk to Dr. Kenney to see ifhe would work with. on some of his "confidence on the
court" issues. So          has had two sessions with Dr. Kenney. Both sessions were held
in Dr. Kenney's office around 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. His parents signed a permission
slip so Dr. Kenney could work with him. • mother was present at both sessions.


                                                          an.
• stated that both sessions were very cahning and very relaxing. "It was a good
experience." Prior to going under hypnosis, Dr. Kenney            discussed the issues.
wanted to improve upon in his basketball performance. During the sessions, Dr. Kenney
addressed those points in a positive way. • was aware of what Dr. Kenney was saying
the entire time. • did get a little confused on the time; he thought it was 9:00 o'clock at
night when it was actually only 4:00 p.m.

• ~s unaware of anyone having a negative experience with Dr. Kenney and the hypnosis


In.
 sessIOns.



                                    In.
         opinion, he doesn't think what is happening to Dr. Kenney is right. "I think it is
like the game, pin the tail on the donkey ... trying to come up with a reason for what
happened with the kids who died."               opinion there is absolutely no correlation
between the two.




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•
JUNIOR AT NORTH PORT HIGH SCHOOL

On Thursday, May 26,2011, Iinterviewe., ajunior at North Port High School. The
following information was learned during this interview.

He learned that Dr. Kenney was doing hypnosis when he spoke with a few of his
basketball team members who were having Dr. Kenney help them better themselves and
relax and improve their sports performance.

Becaus. sometimes gets anxious on the basketball court, his coach (Coach Allen)
thought it would be a good idea to see if Dr. Kenney could help. relax and get more
focused on the court.

• had only one session on May 2, 2011 with Dr. Kenney. _          parents signed a release
 allowing Dr. Kenney to have the hypnosis session with their son. The session was held in
 Dr. Kenney's office around 4:30 p.m. Also present was~other and step father.
 After the session,. felt more relaxed and more confident in game type situations. •
 also thinks it was helpful with his asthma.

Prior to being hypnotized, Dr. Kenney explained what hypnosis is and how it is basically
a relaxation technique. Dr. Kenney showed him a clip of Tiger Woods and how he calms
himself down in pressure situations and how it helped Tiger during his matches by
allowing himself to relax his mind and not over think the shot and that would let his
muscle memory take over and it would help him get in the zone. Dr. Kenney explained
how by just breathing and relaxing you can get in a mode, where you can filter out
distractions, override the pressure and become more calm and focused.

Everyone he has spoken with have all had very positive feelings and results from their
sessions with Dr. Kenney. According to., there was nothing negative or
uncomfortable about the session. He remembered everything that was being said and was
totally aware of his surroundings. There was music playing in the background that
sounded like the beach with waves. "It was just very relaxing, peaceful and serene .. .it
was all very positive." During the session, Dr. Kenney would say positive phrases like ...
"you're a good teanunate; you're a good leader; people on the team like you." He also
gave. a relaxation trigger telling him he could take a deep breath, drop his shoulders
and that would help him relax and cahn down. Dr. Kenney told him he could use that
whenever he needs to relax in a game or in class or whenever. Becaus. feels he had
such good results from just one session he would like to have more sessions with Dr.
Kenney.

_     stepdad stated that before they agreed to have. hypnotized, they met wi~
parents to fmd out more about what the hypnosis sessions were all about. They explained
that Dr. Kenney was working with. to help block out the noise and negativity from
the crowds so he could concentrate on the game and not be distracted by the crowds.


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When. was asked what he would like to see happen with Dr. Kenney, he stated "I just
wish he could come back to school, since everybody misses the guy and so many kids
want to see him at graduation."




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                                     CONCLUSION

There is no question that Dr. Kenney was using hypnosis with students at North Port
High School. In fact, it was connnon knowledge not only on the school campus but in the
connnunity, as far back as at least 2007.

In the February 5, 2007 edition of the Bobcat Sentinel, on page 6 there was an article that
said "students in Dan Konyak's Psychology class recently had the chance to see the
colorful side of Kenney when Kenney took time out of his busy schedule to hypnotize a
few select student volunteers for the class 'state of consciousness' chapter" (see Exhibit
6).

In the December 2007 issue of the Bobcat Sentinel, on page 5 there is an article and
photograph showing junior_ _ who "awoke to lipstick on his face after being
hypnotized by Principal Dr. George Kenney during Daniel Konyak's Psychology I class.
Students who were successfully hypnotized talked to their angry mothers using a phone
(that was actually their right shoe), participated in a dance contest and could not
remember the number 6" (see Exhibit 6).

Also, in the same December 2007 issue of the Bobcat Sentinel, on page 14 is another
article about the NJROTC stating ''what may become a new ritual for the NJROTC is
having Dr. George Kenney tag along this year to hypnotize and watch the cadets perform
at Boca Grande High School" (see Exhibit 6).

In addition to the local school newspaper, several teachers, coaches, and administrators
also were aware of a newspaper article published some time last year that was posted on
the school bulletin board about Dr. Kenney hypnotizing the softball team before a game.

Dr. Kenney also had books and CD's that he had written and produced available for sale
on Amazon.com.

According to the majority of the people interviewed, Dr. Kenney's use of hypnosis for
entertainment, enhanced sports performance and to aide in relaxation and overcoming test
anxiety was not being done under a cloak of secrecy. It was all very open and a much
discussed topic of conversation with Dr. Kenney. As many said "it was public
knowledge".

Dr. Kenney stated that it was in the winter of 2006 that he first worked individually with
a student. This student had a lot of trouble concentrating and was very anxiety ridden
about the FCAT test. The student came to Dr. Kenney at the request ofthe student's
mother, Kathy Wilks, who was an Assistant Principal at North Port High School at that
time.

Dr. Kenney worked with the student at Dr. Kenney's house. Kathy Wilks was present
during those sessions.


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The FCAT was given in the school gym. According to Dr. Kenney, even though there
was noise and the air conditioner banging overhead, Dr. Kenney observed that the student
appeared to be totally focused on the test and actually did a great job.

After the student had done so well on the FCAT, Dr. Kenney spoke with Barbara
Chompko, who was then the Executive Director of High Schools for Sarasota County.
He informed her that he had been using hypnosis with a student who suffered from test
anxiety and what good results they had. According to Dr. Kenney, Barbara Chompko
looked at him a little funny and said something along the lines of "I don't want this to be
the next FCAT strategy ... or something like that". According to Dr. Kenney, she did not
express any specific concerns nor did she ever say for him not to do anything along those
lines again.

Kathy Wilks stated that she also had a conversation with Barbara Chompko discussing
how Dr. Kenney's hypnosis of her son had really been beneficial in helping him avoid his
test anxiety and improving his scores with the FCAT. Ms. Chompko never expressed any
concern to her either.

According to Dr. Kenney, between the years 2006 and 2009 he did not do anything with
students individually. He did continue with the psychology class demonstrations and at
least a couple of ROTC trips during that time frame. He admitted that during that time
frame, there were no permission slips that were required.

In speaking with the psychology class teachers, the general consensus was that
permission slips were first used in those classes during the 2009-20 I 0 school year when
Dr. Kenney told Ann Brandenberger and the other psychology teachers that the district
wanted him to get permission slips from the student's parents prior to conducting any
hypnosis demonstrations. According to Ann Brandenberger, that is when they started
getting the permission slips. The year before that, the district had not requested them.

The instruction to obtain parental permission slips around the year 2009 seems to
correspond with both Dr. Kenney's recollection and that of Steve Cantees, even though
the specific month is uncertain. The major difference is in the recollection of Mr.
Cantees and Dr. Kenney as to what specific instructions were given at that time.

Mr. Cantees stated that the first time he became aware of Dr. Kenney doing any hypnosis
was in May or June of2009. It came to his attention when one of the NorthPort High
School Assistant Principals, Mark Gilliland, came to Mr. Cantees with a concern after
seeing Dr. Kenney hypnotize students at the Project Graduation Lock In at the YMCA.
Mr. Gilliland stated that he thought this occurred during his first year at North Port High
School, which would have been in the 2006-2007 school year. Mr. Gilliland stated
"that's where I'm getting into ... Mr. Cantees stated it was June 2008 so I guess that is
what I recollect."




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In any event, Mr. Cantees stated that he told Dr. Kenney "in a very direct manner" that
his expectation would be that Dr. Kenney limit his hypnosis to the psychology classes
and only after he had obtained parental permission and only if a teacher was present.

Dr. Kenney's recollection is somewhat different. He recalls a telephone conversation
with Mr. Cantees in the winter of 2009 that lasted no more than five minutes. This
conversation was precipitated by a parent of a female student who was in a psychology
class. This parent called Steve Cantees and explained that his daughter was a competitive
bowler. During Dr. Kenney's psychology class demonstration, Dr. Kenney used the
visualization of a heavy bowling ball in one hand and balloons tied to the wrist of the
other hand. Dr. Kenney would observe which of the students lowered the hand with the
imaginary bowling ball and raised the hand with the imaginary balloons. Dr. Kenney
stated that even though this female student didn't participate in the hypnosis
demonstration, her father was concerned that this could affect her competitive bowling.
As a result, Dr. Kenney recalls Mr. Cantees suggesting that Dr. Kenney get permission
slips from the student's parents prior to any participation in the psychology class
demonstrations. Dr. Kenney stated that he agreed that it was a good idea and from that
point forward he did get permission slips from the parents before doing any
demonstrations in the psychology class.

Dr. Kenney does not recall any other discussion, at that time, directing him not to
perform hypnosis in any other group or individual settings, only the request to get
permission slips from parents.

According to Mr. Cantees, the next time he became aware of anything concerning Dr.
Kenney and hypnosis was on October 12, 2010 when Mr. Cantees was contacted by
Sherri Reynolds, the District Supervisor of Nurses. There had been a weight lifting
injury in the weight room that involved a student. The school nurse, Denise Brislin, was
trying to perform an evaluation of the student prior to EMS arrivaL Dr. Kenney showed
up in the weight room and attempted to get the student to focus on him in an effort to
relieve the pain. Even though the nurse had a great deal of respect for Dr. Kenney, she
felt his actions were interfering with her ability to care for her patient.

When Sherri Reynolds passed this information on to Mr. Cantees, he claimed he was very
surprised and his comment was "are you kidding me?" Mr. Cantees stated that this was
the first time he had heard about Dr. Kenney performing hypnosis on an individual on
school grounds.

Sherri Reynolds also told Mr. Cantees that the same nurse had informed her that Dr.
Kenney had been doing hypnosis sessions with individuals in his office, with the door
closed and the lights turned off.

Mr. Cantees called Dr. Kenney to discuss the situation with him and he relayed to Dr.
Kenney what the nurse had said. Mr. Cantees cannot recall if Dr. Kenney stated that he
was trying to perform hypnosis or was just trying to relax the student who was injured in
the weight room.

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Mr. Cantees asked Dr. Kenney ifhe remembered their earlier conversation about only
doing hypnosis in psychology class and according to Mr. Cantees, Dr. Kenney stated that
he did recall that conversation.

Mr. Cantees then told Dr. Kenney that his actions were inappropriate and referenced him
back to the previous conversation regarding the psychology class room and the discussion
that the hypnosis sessions were only to take place in psychology class with parental
permission and the teacher present. Mr. Cantees also asked Dr. Kenney ifhe was doing
hypnosis with other students. Dr. Kenney admitted that he was and he indicated that it
was for things like anxiety and test relaxation.

It was at this time that Mr. Cantees told Dr. Kenney that it was inappropriate and that he
needed to stop doing individual sessions with students. Mr. Cantees also discussed with
Dr. Kenney that ifhe was interested in doing this type of counseling with students the
expectation would be that he would do it off campus, in a controlled setting with parental
support and permission. Mr. Cantees even suggested that Dr. Kenney open an office
somewhere, but reiterated that hypnosis with students could not take place on school
grounds.

Sherri Reynolds confirmed, in her interview, that when she told Mr. Cantees about the
weight room incident and the situation of nurse Brislin becoming aware that Dr. Kenney
was treating students in his office with the door closed and the lights turned off, Mr.
Cantees told her that he would speak to Dr. Kenney about the situation and that he had
had a previous conversation with Dr. Kenney in which he told him that he could only do
hypnosis in psychology classes and that is all he thought he was doing.

Dr. Kenney's recollection of this telephone conversation with Mr. Cantees, after the
weight room incident, was that Mr. Cantees told him that ifthere was a similar situation,
he wanted Dr. Kenney to wait until somebody asked him for help. Dr. Kenney agreed.

Dr. Kenney also stated that about this same time, Mr. Cantees had received a telephone
call from a parent who was concerned that Dr. Kenney was doing hypnosis in his office
and that the office was dimly lit. Dr. Kenney explained that his office has two light
switches, one for each set of fluorescent lights in the ceiling. When both switches are on,
all of the lights are on, when he would have a session with a student, he would tum off
one of the switches, meaning only half of the lights were on. He also stated that he would
close the outside window blind but the window in the door leading to his administrative
assistant's office was uncovered, so people could always look in and see what was going
on.

Dr. Kenney stated that when Steve Cantees called him on the telephone and asked Dr.
Kenney ifhe was working with students individually in his office, Dr. Kenney stated that
he was. Mr. Cantees stated that he was concerned that the office was dimly lit and was
worried that Dr. Kenney was alone in the office with a student who was not fully
conscIOUS. Mr. Cantees told Dr. Kenney he was uncomfortable with that. Mr. Cantees

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stated that if Dr. Kenney wanted to work with students individually he would feel better
if Dr. Kenney would do it off campus. Mr. Cantees suggest that Dr. Kenney go to a
library or rent an office. Mr. Cantees stated he would feel much more comfortable if Dr.
Kenney would work with students off of campus.

According to Dr. Kenney, he did not think it had as much to do with the hypnosis as it
did with being alone with a student in his office. The way Dr. Kenney took the comment
about the dimly lit office was he thought they were talking about the fear of an accusation
concerning sexual impropriety. Dr. Kennedy did admit however that he felt that Mr.
Cantees had some concerns and definitely wanted him to move his individual sessions off
of campus.

For a period of a few weeks, he stopped his individual sessions and was trying to
reevaluate where he could hold his sessions. He visited the North Port Library and
Jacaranda Library, however those were inappropriate settings to conduct his sessions.

Dr. Kenney stated that since it was coming around the time for the SAT's, students were
coming to him asking if he would work with them to help them with their test anxiety and
help them concentrate. He eventually agreed and said yes he would work with them and
he again started to work with individual students. He held these sessions in his office on
campus, knowing that Mr. Cantees had told him he felt is was inappropriate.

According to Mr. Cantees, the next time he became aware of the fact that Dr. Kenney
was doing hypnosis on school grounds, outside of psychology class, occurred sometime
between September 2010 and February 2011. Mr. Cantees had stopped in to North Port
High School and just happened to observe an adult walking out of Dr. Kenney's office.
Mr. Cantees first thought that it was a student's parent and when he asked Dr. Kenney
about it Dr. Kenney told him that it was a student's parent, who was trying to pass his
firefighters exam and Dr. Kenney was working with him on relaxation techniques. At
this time, Mr. Cantees stated that he asked Dr. Kenney why he was doing this after being
told it was inappropriate and had been told to stop. After some discussion, Mr. Cantees
stated that he reiterated that Dr. Kenney was not to hypnotize any adults, any students
and any hypnosis that was going to be done by Dr. Kenney would only take place in
psychology class with parental permission and a teacher present. According to Mr.
Cantees, Dr. Kenney agreed to that.

Dr. Kenney disagrees with Mr. Cantees' time frame as far as the adult firefighter coming
out of his office sometime between September 2010 and February 2011. Dr. Kenney
stated that the firefighter's individual session occurred at least one and one half years ago
and he doesn't recall any incident that occurred between September 2010 and February
2011 involving an adult firefighter. The only individual Dr. Kenney remembers treating,
that was an adult firefighter, was Rick Jones, and that would have been around June of
2009. Dr. Kenney said there are very few adults that he worked with and Rick Jones was
the only firefighter.



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In addition to these particular incidents, it was learned that Dr. Kenney held a hypnosis
demonstration with the ROTC as recently as March 2010, when the ROTC went to
Orlando for the State Championships. There were several ROTC students who
participated in the hypnosis demonstrations. There were no permission slips obtained
from those student's parents.

According to Mr. Cantees, he explained that Dr. Kenney is a professional and an
administrator and when he tells him to stop doing something, even though it was verbal
and not in writing, the anticipation is that he would follow the instruction and stop. There
was no doubt in Mr. Cantees' mind that Dr. Kenney nnderstood exactly what he was
being instructed not to do. Dr. Kenney never questioned whether Mr. Cantees was being
unfair or inappropriate in his request.

Mr. Cantees stated that in hindsight, he should have prepared a written expectation after
the first incident; but again, when you are dealing with a very high performing principal
like Dr. Kenney, who really cares about his kids and his school, it's usually a pretty
simple matter to give him a verbal instruction and have him follow it. Mr. Cantees stated
that he was treating Dr. Kenney like he would like to be treated. According to Mr.
Cantees, hypnosis is not illegal or against the law but it is not something he or the district
expects an administrator to practice.

Mr. Cantees is certain that he was very clear on what his instructions were to Dr. Kenney.
Dr. Kenney, on the other hand is saying that he came away from those conversations with
a different perspective and it wasn't "stop doing this, or - you know what. ... we need to
meet about this."

There was however, a consensus of the majority ofthe people interviewed that if Dr.
Kenney received clear instructions not to do something he would not have violated those
instructions.

Unfortunately, because there are no notes, calendar entries or other forms of written
documentation, it is difficult to state, with any reasonable degree of certainty, exactly
what was said by Mr. Cantees to Dr. Kenney, exactly when it was said and exactly how it
was said or how those conversations were interpreted differently by each individual.

One thing that is fairly certain is that after the October 2010 conversation Mr. Cantees
had with Dr. Kenney, he knew that Steve Cantees felt it was inappropriate to have
individual hypnosis sessions on the school campus and Dr. Kenney did it anyway.

Another incident that has caused Mr. Cantees some        concern occurred after the
newspaper article written                           suicide and the fact that he had a
hypnosis session with Dr. Kenney                    death. At that time Mr. Cantees
asked Dr. Kenney ifhe had hypnosis sessions with any of the other students who had
recently died and Dr. Kenney told him "no". Later, Dr. Kenney admitted that he lied to
Mr. Cantees and he admitted that he did have sessions with both of the other deceased
students.

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Dr. Kenney stated that he feels terrible about the situation that he put the school district
in. He feels awful about putting his school and his students through something that they
didn't need or deserve or have to endure on top of all of the tragedy that they have
already experienced.

Dr. Kenney admits that his passion has overstepped his good judgment and he admits that
he used poor judgment several times. He stated that he wants to be at North Port High
School next year and he is willing to take responsibility for what he has done and do
everything he needs to do to set the record straight.



                                      CASE STATUS

At this time we are concluding our investigation into this matter. If other issues have
arisen that you feel need to be investigated, please let us know.

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to be of service.




Keith R. Steele, CLI, CFE, CCDI, FCI
STEELE INVESTIGATION AGENCY




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Exhibit 1
18111 the parent o!                   ___.______ ~ ____ ._._. __.___'" ,_,,_,,_""_~ __ ~., .___ and J give pcnuisslon
for Dr. KCI'u1(;Y ro \\10rl-: Willi fny child using hypnnsi;:; ;mJ hypnoLhernpy to imp(()v(;
ldsfher c1thk(ic pcrt"orm;HjCt~, stllnd8rdi::~cd testing skills ;inJ 3cadcrnic perform.1!1ce.

[undCiSW.nd LlI<1l Dr .Krmney L\~:1 (:r:(tifiC",d       hypn()!h(~nlru;t     nnrl the hYIlnosis sessions iife
witb \lUI' consent and strictly voluntary.




Contact rhone f1ufnber _ _ _ _ __




                                                                                                                .,   .,'"
     Exhibit 2




.,
I am the parent of         ~.              ~.         and I give permission for my
son/daughter to volunteer to participate in a hypnosis demonstration by Dr. Kenney in
psychology class.

I understand that my student will be supervised by Dr, Kenney and the classroom teacher
during the demonstration and s/he will not be dismissed from the classroom until fully
emerged ii-om the activity, I understand that Dr. Kenney has certiflcation as a
professional hypnotist.


Parent Signature __________~ _____

Parent Name (Please print) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

Contact phone number


I am the parent of                                    and I give permission for my
son/daughter to volunteer to participate in a hypnosis demonstration by Dr. Kenney in
psychology class.

r understand that my student will be supervised by Dr. Kenney and the classroom teacher
during the demonstratioll and 8/he will not be dismissed from the classroom until fully
emerged from the activity. I understand that Dr, Kellllcy has certiflcation as a
profcssional hypnotist.

Parent Signature _____________~

Parent Name (Please print) _ _ _ _ __

Contact phone number ______________
Exhibit 3
\   TO: Keith Steele, Investigator

    FROM: George Kenney, principal

    RE: Investigation

    Date: May 25, 2011




    Timeline:
    1977 a friend and I began to explore hypnosis and how it works. I have been very interested in how
    hypnosis works and how it could be used to improve concentration and performance.

    19971 attended an Interact conference where Dr. Wand performed for 2,000 high school students.
    Upon return from conference I began to study hypnosis in earnest- books, articles, through the internet,
    YouTube, CDs and DVDs. I had purchased some hypnosis tapes at the convention for public speaking and
    stress reliefthat I used multiple times.

    2005 I began to guest speak in psychology classes as an amateur who was interested in hypnosis- what it
    is and what it is used for. I have continued lecturing and demonstrating hypnosis through the spring of
    this year.

    2006 I began to do hypnosis demonstrations during ROTC weekend trips. These demonstrations and
    focusing exercises continued until the winter of 2009. Demonstrations were large group with all parent
    chaperones and instructors present. I would ask that all volunteers call home first and explain to parents
    and to get their permission before participating. The goal was to get members of the unit focused and
    relaxed for competition.

    2006 {Winter} I worked with the first student_ the son of a colleague, at my home to address
    FCAT and concentration issues. A few days later I discussed the session with Barbara Chomko, the
    Executive Director for high schools. Barbara expressed some reservations and concern that hypnosis not
    become the next FCAT strategy.

    2009 {Summer} I worked w i t h _ privately at school to address testing- per parent request with
    permission slip. I also worked with graduate_ to address anxiety about going into the Marines
    and attending boot camp. _       is currently serving with the Marines in Afghanistan.

    2009 {Fall} I felt that I wanted to pursue hypnosis on a more formal basis and I attended training, testing
    and certification at Omni Hypnosis Center in Deland, Florida. I began to work with students individually
    on a regular basis- test anxiety, anger management and athletic performance.

    2009 {Winter} Mr. Cantees called with a concern from a parent regarding a demonstration I had done in
    psychology class using hypnosis and, although his daughter did not volunteer for the demonstration, he

             .
    felt I should be using permission slips. Mr. Cantees and I had a brief conversation in which he suggested
that I get parent permission whenever I perform hypnosis with students. I agreed with what he said and
began to get permission from parents, either in writing or, in some cases, verbally.

2009 I developed 5 hypnosis Cds and began to market them through Amazon.

2010 (Spring) I developed a web site and YouTube clips geared to working with athletes to improve their
performance under game conditions.

2010 (October) Mr. Cantees called with two concerns. The first was that I had assisted the nurse in the
weight room when a student had dislocated both shoulders and I made quiet suggestions regarding
relaxation while the school nurse was assessing his condition. Later the nurse said that, although my
intentions were good, my efforts made her responsibility more difficult. I had been the first person on
the scene and was attending to the student when she got there, but if I had waited a few minutes it
would have been easier to perform her duties. Mr. Cantees suggested that in the future I not become
involved unless my assistance was requested- I agreed.

The second concern in the October 2010 conversation was that someone had mentioned to Mr. Cantees
that I was doing hypnosis with students in a "dimly lit office". He asked me if that was true and I said
that it was. I told him I was working with students individually by student and parent request. He said he
was not comfortable with me working individually with students. My understanding was he was
concerned about accusations students may make (sexually) because I was alone in an office with
students who may not be fully alert. He suggested that, If I wanted to work with students on a private
basis, I should do so off campus. He suggested either the library or an office. I said I understood.

Following the October conversation I stopped working with students individually while I investigated
alternative settings. I had already left a resume at Patten Consultants in Venice, but had not been
contacted. Follow-up phone calls to the office were not returned. Additionally, I visited the North Port
and Jacaranda libraries to look at the facilities, but the setting is not appropriate for what I needed.

Within a few weeks of our second conversation students began to ask again if I would work with them
for SAT and ACT tests and sports. I began working with students again, but I invited them to bring friends
or parents with them to the sessions so there would be a witness in the room (and I would be more
protected from the possibility of sexual accusations). In the case of females I required another person to
be present in the room.

In further attempts to move my work with individual students away from the school, I began to use
other methods. I worked with students to be able to perform hypnosis over the phone and I have moved
several students to that method whereby they could be at home on the couch or on their bed. I had
made arrangements to work with several athletes at a private home, with parent supervision, on
                  th
Saturday, May 2S along with a cookout afterward. I was in negotiation to work with the Pro Sports
Academy in Punta Gorda beginning on June      lSth.   As time unfolded, since my second conversation with
Mr. Cantees, my goal became to completely stop working with students on an individual basis at the
school and to use the methods described above in order to continue to work with them.
I am including, for your information, the permission slips I have for students who can verify that I did
continue to work individually after my second conversation with Mr. Cantees. However_can
attest to phone hypnosis a n d _ and_ can verify that plans were made to work with a group
of students on 5/28 at a private home. Shawn French, at Pro Sports Academy can verify that plans were
being made to work at that location beginning June 18th- I have also included an e-mail and other
documentation.

Contrary to district statements made to the press, I never had a directive, memo, e mail, or meeting in
which I was told to stop working with students. My efforts to help students using hypnosis were well
know at the school and in the community. Many parents, including the parents of students-'
_ _ have observed my individual sessions. I have the appropriate certification and parent
consent for the work I did with students both individually and in groups since the fall of 2009.




Why do I work with students using hypnosis?
I have had significant success in enabling students to relax, concentrate more effectively and to manage
frustration in order to improve their performance academically and athletically. Throughout my career I
have always encouraged students to set goals for themselves and to strive to achieve those goals.
However, many students become exceptionally nervous and have a hard time performing on tests or
intense athletic competition. Many times the issues are related to self-confidence. By using guided
relaxation, positive imagery and direct suggestion, students have demonstrated consistently an
improved ability to perform. I have never done anything that I thought was not in the best interests of
my students and I have always tried to give them the tools to be successful and to reach their goals.
Hypnosis has been a very effective tool for the vast majority of students with whom I have worked.

I have frequently discussed hypnosis with teachers, coaches, fellow administrators and professional
hypnotists regarding its use to improve student performance. Although some have questions and
concerns, the vast majority of the professionals support my efforts to enable students to feel better,
more relaxed and more focused in order to achieve at a higher level.

I have always had a love of learning and I have shared my interests with my students- standup comedy,
stained glass, and travel, in addition to hypnosis. I have always talked about life-long learning and I have
emphasized that learning goes far beyond what is required in school. My desire is that they exercise
their minds and be creative.




Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
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Exhibit 5
FLORIDA STATUT~S
AND RULES     _                              FOR FURTHER                '-
   ,                                         xNFORMATIqN:
Flol'laa Statutes s. 1006.061 states all
employees and agents of the district         CONTACT:
school board, charter schools and
                                             Florida Department of Education
private schools that accept scholarship
                                             Office of Professional Practices Services
students, have an obligation to
                                             Turlington Building
report misconduct by an instructional
                                             325 West Gaines Street
personnel member or school
                                             (850)245-0438
administrator
                                             www.myfloridateacher.com
Florida Statutes s. 1012.33 outlines
disciplinary procedures regarding
district employment contracts
with instructional personnel staff,
supervisors and school principals          School Board of Sarasota County
                                           Dept. of Human Resources
Florida Statutes s. 1012.795 provides      1960 Landings Blvd.
the Education Practices Commission         Sarasota, FL 34231
the authority to issue disciplinary
action against an individual's Florida     941-927-9000, Ext. 31200
Educator certificate

Florida Statutes s. 1012.796 provides      Contact:
authority for the Department of            Principal/Cost Center Head or
Education to investigate and prosecute     Director of Human Resources
allegations of educator misconduct

Florida Statutes s. 1012.01 defines
public school instructional personnel,
administrative personnel, school
volunteers, education support
employees and managers

State Board of Education Rule 6B-
1.001 defines the Code of Ethics of the
Education Profession in Florida

State Board of Education Rule 6B-1.006
defines the Principals of ProfeSSional
Conduct of the Education Profession in
Florida
                                                 HOW TO REPORT                                   If someone tells you
                                                 MISCONDUCT                                      about misconduct, be
                                                 • Report allegations or suspicion of            a LEADER:
                                                   misconduct by an instructional personnel
                                                   member to your school administrator or
• being alone with a student in dark or                                                               Listen
  closed room or secluded area                     district contact
• behaving in an overly friendly or familiar                                                          Evaluate
                                                 • Report allegations or suspicion of
  way or failing to maintain an appropriate
                                                   misconduct by your school administrator
  professional boundary with a student                                                                Act immediately
                                                   to your district contact
• using forceful or unnecessary physical
  contact with a student                                                                              Document
• administering discipline not compliant with    • Document the activities or details of the
  district policy                                  event
                                                                                                      Encourage
• accepting or offering of gifts for return
                                                 • Secure evidence (if applicable)
  of a favor or privilege from students or                                                            Report
  colleagues
• badgering or habitually teasing a student
• mocking or belittling a student                WHO SHOULD REPORT
• chronically embarrassing a student             MISCONDUCT?                                     FAILURE TO REPORT
• displaying prejudice or bigotry against a                                                      MISCONDUCT
  student                                        All employees and agents of a district school
• suspicion of being under the influence of      board, charter school or private school have    Possible penalties for instructional
  drugs or alcohol                               a duty to report misconduct                     personnel or site administrators who fail to
• failing to properly supervise students or to                                                   report misconduct may include:
  ensure student safety                          If you are aware of or observe misconduct
• cheating, falsifying information or testing                                                    •   Written Reprimand
  violations
• retaliating against a student or colleague
                                                 REPORT IT                                       •
                                                                                                 •
                                                                                                     Suspension with or without pay
                                                                                                     Termination of employment
  for reporting misconduct
• bantering or engaging in colloquial or
                                                 IMMEDIATELY!                                    •   Discipline/Sanctions on an educator's
                                                                                                     certificate
  slang communications with a student
• directing or using profane, offenSive, or
  explosive language in the presence of
  students                                       WHO SHOULD YOU REPORT?
• making lewd or suggestive comments or                                                                  "A teacher affects
                                                 • Classroom teachers
  overtures toward a student or colleague                                                                eternity... he can never tell
                                                 • Paraprofessionals
                                                 • Substitute teachers                                   where his influence srops."
Apply the litmus test                            • Librarians, guidance counselors and social
                                                   workers                                               ~Henry    B. Adams
1. If you feel uncomfortable
                                                 • Career speCialists and school psychologists
2. If you question the person's
                                                 • Principals, Assistant Principals and Deans
   motives or actions
3. If you are unsure

Protect the students and yourself and report.
     Exhibit 6




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                                                                                                                              Reports conflict
                                                                                                                              on Florida's
                                                                                                                              drop out rate
                                                                                                                              One shows 50%, the other shows 3%
                                                                                                                              Edward DeJesus
                                                                                                                              Bobcat Sentinel
                                                                                                                                   New research says that over 50 percent of Florida
                                                                                                                              high schools are drop out factories.
                                                                                                                                   Research was conducted by Bob Balfanz of John
                                                                                                                              Hopkins University. His research showed that 51.5
                                                                                                                              percent of Florida high schools are dropout factories,
                                                                                                                              in which no more than 60 percent of freshmen make
                                                                                                                              it to graduation. Florida is only 0.8 percent away from
                                                                                                                              being the national leader of high school dropouts.
                                                                                                                                   However, as of November 30, a new press release
                                                                                                                              from the Florida Department of Education was released.
                                                                                                                              This new research contradicted what Balfanz's research
                                                                                                                              bad stated, showing that Florida's annual dropout mte
                                                                                                                              for high schools is 3.3 percent.
                                                                                                                                   How can such contradicting data come from reli-
                                                                                                                              able sources?
                                                                                                                              Possible Reasons
                                                                                                                                  In the state of Florida, a student wbo transfers
                                                                                                                              schools in the middle of the high school year is some-
                                                                                                                              times considered a dropout.
                                                                                                                                  This may be one of the main factors of why Bal-
    I       i         and Sasha Casey present Jerry Mitchell with his prize won from the ROTC                                 fanz research has labeled half of Florida's schools as
raffle' A Dinner for a Week.' ROTC collecled donations from four local restaurants, raising up to                             dropout factories.
$200. Princess Ramirez photo.                                                                                                     However, an article published in the Chnriotte Sun
                                                                                                                              on October 30, about dropout factories based off of
                                                                                                                              Balfanz recent report states, "While some of the missing


New attendance policy                                                                                                         students trnnsferred, most dropped out."
                                                                                                                                   If these students dropped out, then how is it that the
                                                                                                                              state says only 3.3 percent of students dropped out?
                                                                                                                                   For a~'dlOol to be labeled a dropout factory, it needs
                                                                                                                              at least 40 percent of students to drop Ollt and 40 percent

affects senior privileges                                                                                                     is definitely nowhere near 3.3 percent.
                                                                                                                                  The only other possible reason for the statistics to
                                                                                                                              be so different is time.
                                                                                                                                  Balfanz report is bllsed on school years 2004-06.
Six unexcused absences                                         taking many by surprise.
                                                                   Originally students were only going to be allowed          The Department of Education report is based on school

will result in loss of prom,                                   to miss six class periods (less than two days of school)
                                                               but it has been recently revised to six full days of school
                                                                                                                              years 2006-07.
                                                                                                                                   Is it possible that Florida could have made such
Grad Night & graduation                                        per quarter.
                                                                   The policy was proposed by Assistant Principal
                                                                                                                              a turn around in education in one school year? The
                                                                                                                              answer is no.
Jessica Vaughan                                                Mark Gilliland who has bad experience with it during                The Department of Education report says that Flori-
Bobcat Sentinel                                                his previous occupation at Booker High School.                 da's dropout rate has decreased by 0.2 percent since the
   Six strikes and you're out.                                     "Other schools have been using this attendance             2005-06 school years. That means the 2005-06 school
   Beginning second semester, itl2DOS, NPHS ~eniors            policy and haVe seen a lot of improvement in atten-            year had an annual dropout rate of 3.5 percent.
will he required to follow a new attendance policy in          dance," said Kenney.                                                So far both reports severely contradict each other
order to go to certain senior events.                              However, many students feel the new policy is              and there doesn't seem to be an explanation.
   Those who have accumulated six or more unexcused            unfair.                                                        Different Methods
absences per quarter will not be allowed to go to Prom,            These new rules are restricted to seniors only and             As explained previously, both reports, when com-
Grad Nile in Disney, or the graduation ceremony.               threaten to take away many of the privileges that make         pared to each other do not make sense. Perhaps the
    As the absentee frequency of seniors increases             one's senior year memorable.                                   method of which both research teams received their
in the spring, the policy will only start in the second            "We are going to be holding students accounh\ble           information will give the reason on why the statistics
semester each year.                                            for coming to school," said Kenney, "if students are           are so different.
    "We are t'r,ing to combat senioritis," said Principal      not coming to school, they should not be able to reap              Balfanz and his resenrch team had looked at com-
Dr. George Kenney.                                             the benefits."                                                 bined classes of the 2004-{J6 school years of Florida
    'fhe policy was only introduced to students recently,
                                                                                  Please lice attendance policy page 2                                   Please see Drop outs page 2

                                                   Teen texting obsessionpage 8
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DeCarlo and Lozada set
for finals in Teen Idol
Alexa Teebo                                                 II reason to be nervous; I should have fun,"
Bobcat Sentinel                                                  Thccontcslantssaid Ihlll thccompelitOl'S in the next
    Two of the six finalists in Sarasota County's High      round were sTcpping up their gltme lind Ihey all have a
School Idol nre from NPHS.                                  lot of (alen! to show for il.
    Senior Li ndslI)' DeCarlo lind jun ior Joshua LoUldn         "There's this girl Petlll," Lol.lldu explained, "she
will represen t NPHS on Jan. 3, 2008, at Sarllsota High     knows holY to sing. The other conle~IIIHl5 nre nice. It's
School for Ihe final rOllnd of High School Idol.            going [0 be hnrd to com pete ngll insl them,"
    The scmifi-                                                                    DeCnrlo added, "No matter what
nal rount! wos                                                                happens, weeM be proudofwhal we've
                        "It was really incredible; the other                 done, win or 1   000e."
held on Mon-
day, Dec. 3, competitors were talented so it was a big                             Lozada anti DeCarlo have different
2007 lit Play-        honor to etJetl be put into a group with views aboul whal IhiK experience hIlS
ers Theliler in                   the other finalists ."                     brought 10 Ihem.
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    DeCarlo
                               Senior Lindsay Decarlo                              "All much u 1 love 10 ling, I some-
                                                                              tiIT\eli get nervous and shy llbout sing-
sling Some·                                                                   ing in front of my peers anti so Ihis has
whe~ Oll't:r the Rail/bow written by E. Y. Harburg anti     Idnd of he lped me overcome the apprehen~ion," said
Loz.ada 5Mg {ivery/MlIg by Michael Buble for their          DeCarlo.
performance pieces.                                              "Also, beclluse it'son TV, ii'S he lped me to introduce
    8 0th cootcstanLS were excited and surprised to                                                one of my passions
be heading on into the next round and had ml1I1y       ''The other contestants are that my friends don't
positive things to sly about the competitioo.         nice. It's going to be hard to often get to see."
    " It was reilly exciting because it was unex-                                                      L..oz.ada had a dif·
pected," laid DeCarlo. "It was really incredible;
                                                         compete against them. "                   ferent effect.                         Hypnotized
the other competitors were talented so it was II          Junior Joshua Lozada                                                            Junior Kyle Taaffe awoke to lipstick on his
big honor to even be put into a group with the                                                                                            face, after being hypnotized by Principal
Other tinllti.ts."                                          coming up and saying they saw me on TV."                                      Dr. George Kenney during Daniel Konyak's
    Both were a linle nervous about lheirperfonnances            Both ure excited to be able 10 get to           back
and the other competitors.                                  compete !tgain. They I
                                                                                                                                          Psychology I class, Students who were
    "There are some girls who kn ow how to belt, you        other lind trying one more time.                                              successfull y hypnotized talked to their
co uld say they're intimidating, but I think the judges          " Li fe equals do what you mnke of it." II                               angry mothers using a phone (that was
liked me," ~aid Lozndu.                                     wit h his Inspiring quote Hbout            I      i                           actually thei r right shoe), participated in a
    "I 'm a liule nervous," DeCarlo commented, "but by           Semifinlll! "ired Dec. 10 on the f:.ducHtion             I.
                                                                                                                                          dance contest, and could not remember the
thi~ round I IVas excited. I have a lot of work nheud of    rinals will be held on Jun. 3, 2007, lit Sarasota High
me. I know if I dedicate my time lhcn I shouldn' t hllve    School.                                                                       number six, Princess Ramirez photo,




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comes in seventh at Boca Raton
Mati Gunter
Bobcat Sentinel
     Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps
(NJRarC) spend months training and preparing for
competitions.
    Their intensive: training paid off Saturday, Dec;:em-
her 8, when they phtced seventh out of 20 schools at
Boca Raton High School.
    The NJROTC pTlIctices drills nearly every period
and have hours upon hours of aftcr school training.
    The cadels usually s tay after school fronl 2 p.m. to
3 p.m. or later, Monday-Thursday.
    Being on ilcompelition team involves a 101 of work.
Team members have much ground to cover in order to
be in shape for u competition,
    "II's all about teamwork," said Cadet Commanding
Oflicer and senior Brian Love.
     Nearly all of the events involve some form of
teamwork IIml withoul iI, roulincs ilnd demonslmtions
falter.
    Gelling 10 the compelitions are not cheap. Over-
night trips cost up to $4,500. Yearly averages for _uch
trips top the $24,000 mark. Most of the money is made
through fund raiscrs and Booster Dub members.
    When students see the cadets in the parking 101

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duringjpol:baI l-glimes, Ihey arc waichlng-.       make
moneyfor competitions.                                        Sophie Rice, sophomore from
                                                              Members 01 the NJROTC, David           ,!
    Before such eve nt s take place, members enjo             freshman Raul Colon, senior Bryan Alderman,
ritual~ like taking long runs to get pumped. What             and Adrian Sawyers. Princess Ramirez Photo.
may become a new rilual for The NJROTC js h"ving
Principal Dr. George Kenney tag along this year to                  Usually the first event, the academic                     10 usi ng rifles, they usc hand movement to represent
hypnotize and walch the cadets perform at Boca Grande         competition.,consists of a 100 question test of genernl         lclleTll lind words in a rhythmic movement for dem-
High School.                                                  military knowledge.                                             onstmtion.
      Just before competi ti ons. everyone is scramb ' g            Platoon inspection is based on how well the cadets               Color gUlird demonstrates how 10 present the
to ge          . There is no time to waste.         ming      present their unifonm and answer questions. This is             United States flag and theNJROTC nag. Each isjudgC'd
is fast paced WI                            preparations.     usually the second event ou t of live.                          on their presentation and overall performance.
Everyone hQS something 10 do before and during                      Anned dril1leRm involves the tmined cadels who                  After the events have been completed the judges
competitions.                                                 perform various move. involving rine spins, Hips and            have a troph y pruentation. In thi. tinal event, the
       During competitions, five events take place;           positioning. They are judged on a baliic drill and an           schools who performed well receive trophic.~ for their
academic competition, platoon inspection, armed drill         exhibition drill. In a basic drill the drill instructor yells   high score.~.
team, unanned drill team, and color guard. The time           o ut drill commands forthe parlicipanlll tocomplete. ln              To end the day, cadets return to North Port a ll Sat-
it takes to complele these events is with in the six to       un exhibition drill participnnts create their own drills.       uruay nighl, worn out, bul relldy to starl pl1lcticing for
seven hour range from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.                              Unarmed drill team also h~s II routine. In contrnst       the next compelition.


Community raises money for                                                                                                               Bobcat
important cause with Relay for Life
Thadeus Wander
Bobcat Sentinel
                                                              promote acceptance and inclusion of people who have
                                                              Down Syndrom, to raise funds both locally and nation-
                                                                                                                                            BrIefs
    Studenl$ and other membcn of the community                ully for education, re.~earch and auvocacy progrnms
worked together on December I, 2007 to raise u total          about Down Syndrome, to e nh ance the position of the
                                                                                                                              We have a winner!
of $3,200 at North Por!'. third annual Buddy Walk that        Dow n Syndrome community, and to enabl e everyone
                                                                                                                              The first period class that brought In the most
was held at the NPHS trac k.                                  to positively infl uence local and national policy and          canned Items for the Interact and Key Club
    Th e walk raised $2,200 from participants and then        practice.                                                       sponsored food drive was Tony Miller's class.
received a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart.                            The Buddy Walk organi7.ation was first established          The class collected 229 items. Honorable men-
    Th e money that was raised will be donated to fami-       in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society and               tion went to: Melina Frederick's class who col-
lies who have children with Down Syndrome and are             had just 17 walks its first year.                               lected 185 items, Katie Rogers-Giuffre's class
in need of help supportin g them. The walk had about              Since then the Buddy Walk has grown and II.li of            who collected 156 items, and Amy Nash's class
75 participants, which was about the same number of           2007, more than 275 walks have occuncd across the               who raised 113 Ilems.
people that participated last year.                           country.The Buddy Walk is not the only Inoney and
    To lD.ke part in the Buddy Walk, participallll had        awareness raising event this school year that is going          Buddy Walk
10 register in advance. Participants could have been          on in North Port.                                               The Buddy Walk was held at NPHS on Satur-
companies, businesses, fumily, friends, or even have              Relay for Life is an even t that was started by the         day Dec. 1. Volunteers brought In over $3,000.
themselves sponsor and donated money for their                American Cancer Society, held lhroughoUlthe nation,             Freshman Jessica Guzman won a $200 Circuit
walking.                                                      with the purpose of raising IIwnreness about cancer,to          City giftcard after participating In a rallle. Sarah
     There was not II minimum or maximum for how              celebrate the lives of those who huve had cancer and            Gentry will be se1ling shirts and bracelets for $1
much could lie donated. Those who had $15 o r more            are still living, and 10 not only mourn bUlllIso celebrate      for the next few weeks In room 5-20 1.
in sponsors received a Buddy Walk T-shirt promoting           the Jives of those who weren't fortunate enough.
the event.                                                        Rel ay for [jfe in North Port is lin overnighl event        Bobcat Book Club
    Regi stration for the Buddy Walk slarkd at 10 a.m.        held at Butler Field, beginning at noon on May 3, 2008          The Bobcat Book Club meets on Fridays and
The actual walking portion of the event lasted from           and endi ng 8t 8 a.m. on May 4, 2008.                           new members are welcome. Students interested
 10:30 11.m. to I I a.m.                                          Anyone wi shing to participate in Relay fOf Lirecan         In readIng and disscussing ideas whould con-
    The entire event lasted until I p. m . with the resl or   creale or join an existing team, can voluntccr at the           sIder joIning, Meetings are In room 4-213 and
the time after the wa lk consisting of various aclivitiCll,   event itself, or can make donation~ to a team.                  start at 2:45 p,m. and end around 4:00 p.m,
such as face painting, T-shirt decorating, a cake walk,           A fee of $100 is required to c reate a tealn.
pi:ua, and ",orafne.                                              There is not a limit o n however many members are           Math lab
    The Buddy Walk in North Pori was sponsored and            on Uleam, howev er a team must have a minimum of
                                                                                                                              Get extra help In math for upcoming midterms
organized by the Manasota BUDS, who are an all-vol-           six adults.
                                                                                                                              and exams. Math Lab is available every Mon-
unteer, non-profit organization that assists families in          To participate in Relay for Life ~tUdents should
Sarasota and MAnatee County who need help supporting          get involved as soon as possible because tea ms have
                                                                                                                              day and Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m,
their children wilh Down Syndrome.                            already been started and money is already heing raised          In room 4 - 211. Teachers and sludents are
    According to buddywalk.OI'g the three goals are: to       for Relay for Life.                                             available to help.
                                                 Can You Hear Me Now?- Pages 8-9
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                                                                                                                              District Decides
                                                                                                                              On Teacher
                                                                                                                              Performance
                                                                                                                              STAR Pay Plan
                                                                                                                              Lauren Baeringer
                                                                                                                              Bobcat Sentinel
                                                                                                                                  Teachers in Sarasuta County have the power [0 ap-
                                                                                                                              prove or disapprovc the county's teacher pert'onmmce
                                                                                                                              pay plan. or STAR Plan. The plan will he used to give a
                                                                                                                              liVe percent pay bonus to the top 25 perccnt or teachers
                                                                                                                              within the district. Tenchers will be rewarded based on
                                                                                                                              student improvement I1nd teacher performance.
                                                                                                                                  Tcachers and School Boards alikc have concerns
                                                                                                                              with this program. especially whcn it comes to judging
                                                                                                                              ,tudent improvement. Euglish, muth llntl sdene.: teuch-
                                                                                                                              ers will be evaluated using thdrstudcnts' rcxr ,core~.
                                                                                                                              but the dis-·
                                                                                                                               trict must d:- ClO ur approach as a union
                      '~i':::
                   ··~6~""-
                             "'",                                                                                              velop a fall'
                                                                                                                               way to assess
                                                                                                                                                  1__ .                    •
                                                                                                                                                  flUS been to negotIate the

                    =~~,"-'~,,-                                                                                                stndent im- best 1)lan we can and let flur
                                                                                                                               IJro\'cment -members decide to vote it up
Bealing Ihe Buzzer                                                                                                             for teachers         or down," said Dubin.
Junior Courtney Treubert and sophomore Tyler Litvin compete in an Academic Olympics match.                                     that do not
                                                                                                                               have stan-
                                                                                                                               dardized testing for their subject.

Academies Change Again                                            "Il'~ ,iLlst like you're in college." ~aid Kellney.
                                                                                                                                    In Sarasotu County, the school board was divided
                                                                                                                               between thc lJ1<.!mbers that IClt that participating would
                                                                                                                              cause fighting over higher ranked teachers and those
                                                                                                                               that believe the penalties of Hot participating were too
New State Major System                                            So far, the stnte has createdMO nlajors. 20 of which         harsh to ignore.
                                                             will he <1vailable next year at NPHS.                                 Thc school bOi!rd vott!d in mid-De~emher to decide
Is Causing Repercussions                                          Since classes vary at each schooL each indiviuual            if lhey w(lnted to purtidpatc illlhc ST,\R program. Ac-
Stefanie Scott                                               schoolillust create their own major~. While this could           cording (0 the Herald Tribune, the \"ote was 3-2 against
Bobcat Sentinel                                              [lose a problem for students whlltransfer schools. Ken-          submining u plan to the ~tale.
     Tho: Florida Depal1ll1ent of Education is f.;:volmioll- ney believes that since similar majors will be available              Some believed that omitting the submission of a
izing the high .;chool credit system. which has Jed (0       at el1c11 school. this prohlem can he avoided.                   STAR progmm would cause unneces.,\ary trouble. If it
a myriad of changes at NPHS. When August ~ln"i\·es.               \Vhile itlllay seem owrwhelming for aji'eshm(lll to         district did not turn in a plan by Dec. 31 they would be
expect new <:ia,s"",, new academies. and new re(luire-       choose a m:\ior. slLldents will hllVe the option to change       lurced to create a plan anyway. but the district would
ll1enls.                                                     majors throughout high school.                                   have to fund it with local dollars,
                                                                  "That'~ a henhhy thing." said Kenney,                            The thrct! members that opposed sending the stnte
      Beginning ill August. freshmen w!!l be required to
                                                                  ,'\s of now. students mllst complete 28 credits in nil      (l pl(ln relt thaI any plan would be unfair luI' teacher~,
choose a IlUUOI and a minor.
      High s(;hool, across lhe slate were asked to cre-      to graduate high school.                                         Ihost! members want to ,tand Llp to the ~tate and stand
ate 'Illajor~' sHullar to what you find in a college             These 28 credits include four of Langllage Arts,             up for what they believe in.
atmosphere, Al"conling to NPHS Prinelpal Dr. George          four of math. thret of scicnce. one of world hi~tory.                 Though divided, Samsota County district admin-
                                                             one of Americnn history. one half of ecunomics. one              istl'Utor~ sent their proposal to Ihe state to avoid the
Kenney, tilis will mltke ~tudents more focused in their
area of intercst                                             half of Amcricun goyernmcnt. Olle of fille ;IriS. nne of         penulties. The phm has yet to be approved by the statc
     Kenney de~~ribes this system as "a                                          physicnl cducation, four in a Ilmjol', and   and the di~l[icr~ te,tehers.
                                                                                                                                   The te(lehers will be voting to l1pprove ordisappro\'e
\\'orf; in plngn.-:,:,:'                     "It's just like you're in eight of electil'es,                                   the plan in n few weeks. In order to bc funded by the
     Clirrently. ;chools are creating InU- college," said Kenney.                    \"hile the total of 28 credit~ hasn'r
jars ba~ed upon ,tvailable da~se~. Ac-                                           changed, incoming ,tudents will be re-       state the teacher's union must approve the STAR Plan
                                                                                 ljuired to complete four credits of math.    by M:1L'ch l. Before I'oting, teachers will be nble to
cortling to Kenney. in onler to create u
                                                             a~ opposed (0 the previous 3 credit reljllirement. as well       view a presentntioll on the plnn and wil! have access to
maior, four silnilHrclas~e;; (each wortll one credit eadl)
Il1L;SI be grouped tugdher. This is because completing       as.J- credits in u chosen major.                                 a question and answer section on the SanLsota County
a m:ljor requires foul' completed credit~ in that m'~lor.         Ho\\,ewr, this new system affects morc thall jll~t          School Board's IVcb.';itc.
Similarly, students mList complete two credits to cam        fre~hl1len. In order to l1ccommodate luI' this nell' state            The Sara,ota COLinty School Board's STAR Plan
a minor. However. a student may also double-major if         law. NPHS is forced to r<!lIlllne, fe-label, antiacid morc       for 2006-2007 is a complicawd plan thm tries to be fair
that student takes eight total   credjt~   in two majors.
                                                                                        Please see Academies /Xlge 5                                        Please see STAR /Xl,fi<' 3
                                                                                                                                                                    Bobcat
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 Mr. Multi, Talented
       NPHS Principal Dr. George Kenney Has Many Hobbies
 Casses King                                                         Kenney even im;or-
 Bobcat Sentinel                                                  porateu hi, hobby on his
     Tu must stlltients ;1j NPHS. Dr. George Kenney i,            own front Jour. Tugether.
 just the prin<.:ipaL Huwo;!l'a, underneath the surface           Bill MOUSSO;:;llI and Ken-
 of this mall. is a I'ery interesting character with some         ner knod:cd-ot(( the ex-
 of the mo~[ Ji.l\r.:inali!lg, t121~l~_alld a very colorful       isting glass 111lU n:ptaced
 hackgruyulldm:lIfdiiii the flld tllmlfis-home.g)\vll is          it with sltlined glass that
 A!H;bofllgc. Alaska.                                -~''-,."._   Kenney !l1ll(k himself.
 //Sfudcm> in Dan KonYilk's P~ycl:olog~' ~lass recently" \The compl?lc process
/had Ih.: chance to :;ee rhe colortul slue of Kenney when       took about ~(I\ months of
  Kenney lOok tillle out or his busy schcdulc to hyilllotizc    fpirly steady \York.
 a fcw seleci studellt volunteers for the class' "stules of    ; According to Kenney,
 consciousness" chapter.
     About a yell[ and a half ago. aftcr ~f1iadn't gone
                                                             /'                although
                                                                               i { us     l"
 ;~aN;jl~~~~P~~~~~~:~I~:;--
 dlecked out hooks from 1111: locallihl'llrr
                                                    into education,
                                                   ~vould have gOlle
                                                                         I       ~:::Zll:;\~~~   NPHS Principal Dr. George Kenney sorts through stacks of papers on a
                                                                              {a {hree busy afternoon. During his free time, I(enney likes to create stained glass,
 Oil hypnosis. It lI'a.'; thcn that hc self-      into architecture. I        IV e e k s , practice hypnosis, and make people laugh. Danielle Corzetto Photo.
 t.llIght himselrholl" {o hypnotize.              had a lot of interest       the lime it
      Hypl10sis is n~t th~ only hob?y tl.lat      in architectw'e and         takes (o conlplete the stained glass pro-       He feels thn! comic relier Clm hril1!! somclhill!.! new
 Kenney takes partlll. HIS real passIOn Ile~     . I'       .     d I cess depends on the alllOllll{ of time he          and unexpected 10 ~ludents :lIld udul!; ulike.        -
 in swined glass. Accordillg tI) Kenney. he g1      aplIC m ts an ~oo,: pill., il{to it.                                      "Whcn you ~tnrt out with a couple ofjokcs, it relaxes
 hns been intere,ted in stained !!Iass for                 of
                                                  a lot classes nl                 "1 usually spend more till1e design-  them. People likc it because it sels a positive moou."
 abou{ seven or ei);!h{ yenrs. Hi; intere~!      high school and in ing il than I do adually making iI," said            said Kenney.
 sparked while he WiI, watching"lhis Olel colleue because I 'WClS Kellney.                                                    Although Kenney majored in music at the Univcr-
 House" on the PBS nellVork.                      ve;)' interested."               Ifany students have recently attended "it)' of Ma~sachl1,etts, playing the French hoi'll, and lI'a~
      The IeI'm ""mined glnss" can be a bil                                   all a,semblyofKenney's. then {hey h.\I'e   a Bami Din:ctor for twelve years. he has alwny:-; been
 mi,leading, hOI\'e\·er. hceause no staining                                  probably been humored by one of his        clear of his dream to be an mlministrator.
 of glass actually takes ph:.:e.                              jokes. Comedy is yel another hobby Ihal Kenney has              When (Isked what job he lI'ould have ifhc weren't u
      "You buy [he glass in sheels (hal eomc in differenl     managed to find lime 10 delve into. !\oom n year agO.      high school administmtor, he replied, "1fT hadn't gone
 colors and sizes. Then you cui Ihe gluss \0 per.'\olml-      he st\lfWJ taking lv!cCurdy comedy classes inSaf'dSO!\L    into education, i would hm'e gone into architecture. I
 ize it." said Kenney. "There ,Ire mall)' differcnt styles.   Aside from school assemhlics, he also speaks at public     had a lot of interest in archi(edUre ami gmphic arts
 so you have to combine ~ly1cs that compliment cilch          events such as the "Sellson of the SIal'S" pcrformance,    and look a lot of classes in high school <lnd in college
 other."                                                      at NPHS.                                                   beenllse i II':lS very interested."




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