A Kansas state representative who worked as a substitute teacher has been arrested after allegedly beating a student in the cross and threatening to use the “wrath of God” on students in the classroom.
Rep. Mark Samsel, 36, was charged with felony charges after students filmed him talking about sex, suicide, masturbation and the Bible, before allegedly assaulting one of the class.
Samsel was working as a deputy high school teacher in the Wellsville school district on Wednesday when he went on a religious tirade.
In a video created by students and shared with The Kansas City Star through their parents, Samsel overhears the class tell about a student who tried to commit suicide three times because “he has two parents and they are both females.”
‘He’s a foster child. His alternatives in life were not having gay parents or foster parents, ‘Samsel tells students. ‘How do you think I’ll feel if he kills himself? Terrible. ‘
Kansas lawmaker Mark Samsel, left, 36, of Kansas was filmed speaking about sex, masturbation and suicide in a bizarre religious rant while working as a substitute teacher. He was arrested by the Franklin County detectives and charged with a felony battery charge. He has since been released on a $ 1,000 bond
Samsel wore a baseball cap, T-shirt and shorts and was captured in footage Wednesday of a bizarre religious rant against high school students in the Wellsville school district.
Another video shows Samsel asking students, ‘Who likes to make babies? Doesn’t that feel good? ‘
He adds, ‘You didn’t masturbate? Don’t answer that question … God already knows. ‘
Samsel can be seen in the video where he shows a lot of attention to a male student, who follows him around the class and threatens him.
At one point, Samsel says to the student, “You are about to anger me and get the wrath of God. Do you believe me when I tell you that God has spoken to me? He then pushes it, and the student runs across the classroom.
“You have to run and shout.”
After allegedly kneeling the student in the groin, he is bent over him and asks, ‘Did it hurt?’
Samsel, a Republican representing a rural district southeast of the capital, Topeka, was booked into the Franklin County Adult Detention Center after 3:30 p.m. Thursday
In another video, he says to students, “Class, you have permission to kick him in the balls.”
Several parents told the local media that Samsel allegedly knelt the student in the crotch.
The knee incident is not captured on camera, but footage shot after the alleged incident shows the student lying on the floor, with Samsel standing over him and asking, “Did it hurt?”
Samsel asks the student why he is going to cry, pats him on the shoulder and apologizes, then says he can “go to the nurse, she can check it for you.”
A concerned parent, Joshua Zeck, told The Kansas City Star that he was shocked and appalled by the legislature’s behavior.
‘He’s around children all the time. He is a representative of the state. He is in a position of power. ‘
Superintendent Ryan Bradbury has told the parents that Samsel is no longer allowed to teach in the district.
Bradbury said the situation is under investigation.
“Student safety is and will always be our number one priority,” he said.
Samsel, a Republican representing a rural district southeast of the capital, Topeka, was admitted to the Franklin County adult detention center after 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.
He has since been released on a $ 1,000 bond, Sheriff Jeff Richards said.
On his website, Samsel says he has “defended our conservative Kansas values.”
Samsel is the second Kansas lawmaker to be charged with a felony this year.
Former Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop was charged with fleeing the police and driving drunk and recklessly after he was caught mis-driving on Topeka highways on March 16.
Suellentrop was forced to resign from his post as senate leader.