A Republican state legislator in Kansas was detained on Thursday after supposedly kneeing a boy in the crotch while substitute teaching amidst a collection of religious-based rants directed in his students.
He has since posted $1,000 bond and issued a set of social media articles to shield himself.
The incident occurred on Wednesday if Samsel was substitute teaching in the Wellsville High School, about 45 minutes south west of Kansas City. Students reportedly filmed numerous videos of the Republican opining on a variety of topics including suicide, anti-LGBTQ bigotry, sex, masturbation, and religion.
The Star reviewed a lot of those videos — some of which are being shared on interpersonal media. In one video, Samsel tells the class about”a sophomore who’s attempted killing himself three occasions” allegedly because”he has two parents plus they’re both females”
He’s a foster kid. His alternatives in lifestyle were having no parents or foster care parents who are homosexual. How can you believe I’m likely to feel when he commits suicide? Awful.
“[M]ake infants,” Samsel educates the students in another video shared using the socket by students’ parents. “Who likes making babies? That feels great, doesn’t it? Procreate… you haven’t masturbated? Do not answer that issue… God already knows.”
1 male student allegedly obtained the brunt of Samsel’s focus during those tirades, but leading up to the lawmaker’s arrest.
The Star report by Sarah Ritter along with Jonathan Shorman notes:
The two Samsel and the pupil paced around the classroom, talking back and forth. Samsel is shown following the pupil around and catching him. In one video, he puts his arms around the pupil and says that he was being tough on him.
At one stage, Samsel tells the pupil,”You’re about ready to anger me and get the anger of God. Can you believe me once I tell you that God was speaking to me personally?” Then he pushes him, and the student runs on another side of the classroom.
“You need to run and shout.”
Samsel allegedly spent a lot of time centered on the male pupil’s testicles.
Parents advised the socket that Samsel”put hands on the pupil” and then kneed him in the crotch. A video apparently recorded only after the attack indicates the pupil on the ground while Samsel stands over him and asks”did it hurt?”
“[G]o to the nurse, then she can assess it to you,” Samsel allegedly told the pupil after asking him why he’s going to start crying. The legislator also apologizes to the pupil before asking another pupil:”do you need to check his nuts for him, please?”
Samsel also supposedly forced students to go outside, hold hands, and run laps as punishment for some kind of spiritual infraction.
The GOP representative, initially picked in 2019, claims the entire day was a performance art scene gone awry.
“Every small bit of it,” he said in a Snapchat article. “That is appropriate. The children and I proposed ALL this to SEND A MESSAGE regarding artwork, mental health, teenage suicide, how we treat our educators and one another. To who? Parents. And grandparents. And all of Wellsville.”
“I went to jail for battery life,” Samsel continued. Time will tell.”
NBC affiliate KSNT-TV to express similar defenses.
“[W]e instantly began an evaluation and, as part of that investigation, contacted the appropriate bureaus,” Bradbury said on Friday.
“We want to be clear but privacy laws prohibit us from doing this in this instance,” Bradbury said. “But I will say the replacement instructor involved in this incident isn’t and won’t be returning.”
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