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Loogootee Parent Questions Hypnotism Fundraiser

At least one parent has raised concerns about a hypnotist's effect on students in Loogootee.

A Martin County school superintendent says he doesn’t see the problem with the baseball team’s decision to bring in a hypnotist at a recent fundraiser. But some residents question whether athletics should use this kind of entertainment to raise money.

Loogootee Schools Superintendent Larry Weitkamp dismisses the idea that a resident’s concern about the entertainment selection for a fundraiser could be classified as controversy. This after Loogootee resident Geneva Yoder complained to the Loogootee Community School Board about the baseball team’s selection of a hypnotist to serve as entertainment at a fundraiser. Yoder says she has problems with a school-affiliated event condoning what she sees as the manipulation of young peoples’ minds.

“I was concerned about the fact that it would be done to young adults or underage children,” Yoder says. “I just couldn’t see that that would be ethical to do such a thing for the sake of entertainment or fundraising.”

Weitkamp says Yoder’s concerns were addressed and that necessary steps were taken to ensure students’ well-being.

“We had investigated how this person had performed at other locations at a neighboring school and everything had gone well,” Weitkamp says. “Just trying to answer individual concerns.”

Stage hypnotists are commonly employed for entertainment at fundraising events or corporate gatherings. According to the superintendent, there were no problems at this weekend’s event. Yoder didn’t attend but maintains the school shouldn’t be promoting hypnotism.

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