Republican State Rep. and Substitute Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Kneeing Boy in Crotch During Religious Rant:’Check His Wedges for Him, Please?’
A Republican state legislator in Kansas was arrested on Thursday after allegedly kneeing a boy in the crotch while substitute teaching amidst a string of religious-based rants directed at his students.
According to The Kansas City Star, Rep. Mark Samsel, 36, who symbolizes the Town of Wellsville in the Sunflower State’s legislature, was charged with misdemeanor battery life and booked into the Franklin County Adult Detention Center. He has posted $1,000 bond and issued a string of social networking posts to shield himself.
The incident happened on Wednesday when Samsel was substitute teaching at the Wellsville High School, about 45 minutes south west of Kansas City. Pupils reportedly filmed numerous videos of the Republican opining on an assortment of topics such as suicide, anti-LGBTQ bigotry, gender, lust, and faith.
The Star reviewed many of these videos — some of which have been shared on social networking. In one such video, Samsel tells the class about”a sophomore who is attempted killing himself three times” supposedly because”he has two parents plus they are both females”
The lawmaker’s anti-gay tirade continued like this:
He’s a boost kid. His alternatives in life were having no parents or foster care parents who are homosexual. How do you believe I’m going to feel if he commits suicide? Awful.
“[M]ake infants,” Samsel instructs the students in another video shared using the socket by students’ parents. “Who likes making babies? That feels good, does not it? Procreate… you haven’t masturbated? Do not answer that question… God knows.”
One male student reportedly obtained the brunt of Samsel’s attention during these tirades, but leading up to this lawmaker’s arrest.
The Star report by Sarah Ritter and Jonathan Shorman notes:
The two Samsel and the student paced across the classroom, talking back and forth. Samsel is shown following the student around and grabbing him. In 1 movie, he puts his arms around the student and states that he was being tough on him.
At one point, Samsel tells the student,”You’re going ready to anger me and find the anger of God. Do you believe me when I tell you that God has been speaking to me?” Then he pushes him, and the student runs on the other side of their classroom.
“You should run and scream.”
Samsel reportedly spent a whole lot of time centered on the male pupil’s testicles.
Parents told the socket that Samsel”place hands on the student” and then kneed him in the crotch.
“[G]o to this nurse, then she is able to check it to you,” Samsel reportedly told the student after asking him why he is about to start crying. The legislator also apologizes to the student before requesting a different student:”do you wish to check his nuts for him, please?”
Samsel also allegedly forced students to go outdoors, hold hands, and run laps as punishment for some type of spiritual infraction.
The GOP representative, first chosen in 2019, claims the whole day was a performance art spectacle gone awry.
“Every small bit of it,” he explained in a Snapchat article. “That is ideal. The children and I planned ALL this to SEND A MESSAGE regarding artwork, mental health, teenage suicide, how we treat our teachers and one another. To who? Parents. And grandparents. And all Wellsville.”
“I went into jail for battery life,” Samsel continuing. Time will tell.”
NBC affiliate KSNT-TV to express similar protections.
Wellsville Superintendent Ryan Bradbury addressed the controversy in comments to local CBS affiliate KCTV.
“[W]e immediately began an investigation and, as part of the investigation, contacted the proper bureaus,” Bradbury said on Friday.
“We want to be transparent but privacy laws prohibit us from doing this in this case,” Bradbury said. “However, I will say the substitute instructor involved in this episode is not and won’t be arriving.”
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