- A Kansas Republican lawmaker was arrested for possible battery against a student.
- Rep. Mark Samsel was substitute teaching at a local high school when the incident occurred.
- Students reportedly took videos of Samsel discussing topics like suicide and masturbation.
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A member of the Kansas House of Representatives was arrested Thursday and charged with misdemeanor battery for an incident that occurred while he was substitute teaching at a local high school.
According to a report Friday from the Kansas City Star, Republican Rep. Mark Samsel, who represents the community of Wellsville outside of Kansas City, was substitute-teaching at a high school in the Wellsville school district when the incident occurred.
Samuel, 36, singled out one male student, according to the report, and the two walked back and forth around the classroom, according to a video seen by the Kansas City Star.
“You’re about ready to anger me and get the wrath of God,” Samsel said, according to the report. “Do you believe me when I tell you that God has been speaking to me?”
Samsel pushed the boy, who ran to the other side of the classroom, the report said.
“You should run and scream,” Samsel said.
Parents told the outlet that Samsel “put hands” on the boy and kneed him in the groin. In another video, Samsel told other students they could “kick” their classmate “in the balls,” according to the Star report.
Samsel did not return Insider’s request for comment Saturday.
A video showed the student on the ground with Samsel asking him, “Did it hurt?” according to the outlet. He then asked another student if he wanted to “check his nuts for him,” the report said.
Students took videos of Samsel throughout the day while he talked to them about topics that included suicide, sex, masturbation, and religion, according to the Kansas City Star. In one video provided to the outlet, Samsel spoke about a sophomore who had lesbian parents who he said had attempted suicide three times.
“He’s a foster kid,” Samsel said in the video seen by the Star. “His alternatives in life were having no parents or foster care parents who are gay. How do you think I’m going to feel if he commits suicide? Awful.”
Samsel also asked students if they had ever masturbated and told students to “make babies.”
“Who likes making babies? That feels good, doesn’t it? Procreate,” Samsel said in a video, according to the report.
Later, Samsel claimed in a Snapchat post seen by the Kansas City Star that the entire incident had been planned and said he had done similar “lessons” during all class that day. The incident that led to the assault charge happened during fifth period, he said, during the report.
“Every little bit of it. That’s right. The kids and I planned ALL this to SEND A MESSAGE about art, mental health, teenage suicide, how we treat our educators and one another. To who? Parents. And grandparents. And all of Wellsville,” he said, according to the Kansas City Star.
“I went to jail for battery. Does that really make me a criminal? Time will tell,” he added.
Wellsville school Superintendent Ryan Bradbury said that Samsel was no longer a substitute teacher with the school district, the report said.
A press release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said school officials reported the incident. After an investigation was conducted by the Sheriff’s office and the Wellsville Police Department, Samsel was arrested Thursday but was released on bond, the release said.