Lawmaker claims classroom brawl was ‘staged’ after arrest for ‘assaulting student following rant about masturbation’
THE Republican lawmaker who was arrested for “assaulting” a high school student following a “rant about masturbation” is now claiming the classroom brawl was “staged”.
Kansas Rep Mark Samsel was arrested for misdemeanor battery on Thursday after getting into a fight with a student at Wellsville High School while he was substitute teaching.
However, after being released on bond, the lawmaker alleged the interaction was all planned.
“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.
In an interview with NBC affiliate KSNT, Samsel repeated his viewpoint and questioned whether he even scared the students.
“Nobody was ever in danger. Did we make it look like…we were hurting kids? Yeah, we did,” Samsel said.
“Altercation is a strong word, there was no altercation,” he added.
On the day of the incident, multiple students recorded Samsel’s bizarre rants throughout the day, with the rep discussing things like suicide, sex, masturbation and the “wrath of God”.
In one of the videos, Samsel spoke about a student who tried to kill himself three times, and claimed it was because “he has two parents and they’re both females.”
In another video, he tells the high school students that making babies “feels good.”
“Make babies. Who likes making babies?” Samsel allegedly said.
“That feels good, doesn’t it? Procreate … You haven’t masturbated? Don’t answer that question … God already knows.”
The rep apparently got into a heated discussion with one student in one of the videos, and then threatened and pushed the child.
“You’re about ready to anger me and get the wrath of God,” Samsel reportedly said.
“Do you believe me when I tell you that God has been speaking to me?”
In another video, he reportedly told the other students, “Class, you have permission to kick him in the balls.”
Parents were mortified when footage of the interactions began circulating.
“I’m a concerned parent who doesn’t want this swept under the rug,” Joshua Zeck told The Star.
“He’s around kids all the time. He’s a state representative. He’s in a position of power.”
In a message to school families, the district’s Superintendent Ryan Bradbury said that the situation is currently being investigated.