Steve May 1, 2021

A Kansas Republican House member was arrested after a bizarre encounter he had with the students while substitute teaching at a Wellsville, Kan., public school.

According to The Daily Beast, Rep. Mark Samsel (R-Wellville, Kan.) reportedly left students aghast when he unleashed a tangent of religious rants about a number of inappropriate topics: suicide, same-sex relationships, and masturbation. However, he didn’t stop there. At one point, he also allegedly assaulted a student, according to reports about the Republican lawmaker’s arrest. Students who recorded the encounter are said to have submitted the footage to The Star Tribune.

“Did it hurt?” Samsel asked the pained student he allegedly kneed him in the groin area. Shortly after the incident occurred on Wednesday, April 28, the student reported Samsel’s actions and he was arrested the following day. Samsel, 36, is now facing one charge of misdemeanor assault.

Kansas lawmaker says high school battery incident was staged

However, the lawmaker appears to have no regrets about his actions. In fact, shortly after posting a $1,000 bail, the embattled lawmaker took to his Snapchat account to suggest that the entire ordeal was planned.

“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 in the bizarre post.

Students who witnessed Samsel’s disturbing actions also submitted audio and video recordings of his rants. The publication reports that some of the audio included the following:

  • “He’s a foster kid. His alternatives in life were having no parents or foster care parents who are gay,” Samsel said. “How do you think I’m going to feel if he commits suicide? Awful.”
  • “Who likes making babies?” he asked in one video. “That feels good, doesn’t it? Procreate. … You haven’t masturbated? Don’t answer that question … God already knows.”
  • “Are you doing the Lord’s work as you’re listening to the devil’s music?” he asked one student.

As a result of the incident, Samsel has been banned from substitute teaching in his hometown’s school district.

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