A Republican state legislator at Kansas was detained on Thursday after allegedly kneeing a boy at the crotch while substitute teaching amidst a set of religious-based rants directed in his students.
He has since posted $1,000 bond and also issued with a series of social media articles to defend himself.
The incident occurred on Wednesday if Samsel was substitute teaching in the Wellsville High School, approximately 45 minutes southwest of Kansas City. Pupils allegedly filmed several videos of the Republican opining on a variety of topics including suicide, anti-LGBTQ bigotry, gender, lust, and faith.
The Star reviewed a number of those videos — some of which are being shared on social media. In one such video, Samsel informs the class about”that a sophomore who’s attempted killing himself three occasions” supposedly because”he’s two parents and they’re both females.”
He is a foster kid. His choices in lifestyle have been having no parents foster care parents that are gay. How do you think I’m likely to feel if he commits suicide? Awful.
“[M]ake babies,” Samsel instructs the students in a different video shared using all the outlet by pupils’ parents. “Who enjoys making babies? That feels great, doesn’t it? Procreate… you haven’t masturbated? Do not answer that issue… God knows.”
One male student allegedly received the brunt of all Samsel’s focus during those tirades, but leading to the lawmaker’s arrest.
The Star report by Sarah Ritter along with Jonathan Shorman notes:
Both Samsel and the student paced across the classroom, speaking back and forth. Samsel is shown following the student around and catching him. In one video, he puts his arms round the student and states that he was being hard on him.
At one point, Samsel informs the student,”You are about ready to anger me and find the anger of God. Do you believe me when I tell you that God has been talking to me?” He then pushes himand the student runs to another side of the classroom.
“You should run and scream.”
Samsel allegedly spent a lot of time centered on the male student’s testicles.
Parents told the outlet that Samsel”place hands on the student” and then kneed him in the crotch. A video apparently recorded only after the attack indicates the student on the floor while Samsel stands over him and asks”did it hurt?”
“[G]o to the nurse, then she can assess it for you,” Samsel allegedly told the student after asking him why he is going to begin crying. The legislator also apologizes to the student before asking another student:”do you really wish to check his nuts for him?”
Samsel also allegedly forced pupils to go outdoors, hold handsand run laps as punishment for some sort of spiritual infraction.
The GOP representative, first chosen in 2019, claims the whole afternoon was a performance art scene gone awry.
“Every little bit of this,” he said in a Snapchat post. “That’s ideal. The children and I planned ALL this to SEND A MESSAGE regarding artwork, mental health, adolescent suicide, how we handle our educators and another. To that? Parents. And grandparents. And all Wellsville.
“I went into jail for battery,” Samsel continued. Time will tell.”
“[W]e instantly started an evaluation and, as part of that analysis, contacted the proper bureaus,” Bradbury said on Friday.
“We wish to be clear but privacy laws prevent us from doing that in this scenario,” Bradbury said. “But I can say the replacement instructor involved in this episode is not and will not be arriving.”
[image via Franklin County Adult Detention Center]
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