However, not everyone was critical of Kenney’s hypnosis abilities. Former student Eric Williams, who was the first person to undergo the principal’s therapy, told Good Morning America that his SAT scores “went up 500 points after the hypnosis.”
Kenney reportedly learned his hypnosis techniques at the Omni Hypnosis Training Center in Deland, Florida. He later published several audiobooks purporting to help overcome anxiety and improve physical skills.

The families were finally awarded $200,000 each in a lawsuit settlement with the Sarasota County School Board. The board’s attorney explained that the district was simply “happy to put this behind them.” The parents added that the lawsuit wasn’t about the money but about ensuring that nothing like this horrific series of events ever occurs at the school again.