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Kansas House Rep. Mark Samsel issues statement following battery allegations

May 2, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WELLSVILLE, KS (KCTV/AP) -- UPDATE: Kansas House Rep. Mark Samsel issued a lengthy statement on Sunday afternoon on the matter.

I'm not quite that old, but they must have some pretty good character and roots, because they voluntarily left amazing places like Indiana and Pennsylvania to come here, Kansas, a FREE STATE. Some of us attend church on Sunday, some of us don't.

But WE are all God-fearing people.

We prefer it that way, because we are busy farming, teaching, hunting, and attending or watching as many sporting events as possible, from youth to high school to college to professional sports on the world stage (c'mon World Cup, KC would love to host you with our unbeatable Midwestern hospitality). What happened in Wellsville on Wednesday?

Only God knows. I have my version.

They attack Christianity while calling for God to be removed from the classroom and cancelled or erased from American history and modern society. It's not going to work folks.

Do you like how our world looks right now?

God only knows. I would suggest it's because we love the kids and we love the game so much that we tolerate more abuse than the average American and dare I say keyboard warrior or yeller or screamer or chicken can fathom.

And it's not good for our young people, folks. On Sundays, I attend church.

I am doing my absolute best to bring national attention to teenage mental health and prevention of suicide. Folks, I get messages from our young people about every day, maybe every-other-day, dealing with things I couldn't even imagine when I was a student at Wellsville myself.

Yet look at what we do via social media every single day. As President Lincoln, our beautiful Nation -- founded on God while fully respecting and protecting freedom of religion -- will NEVER be brought down from the outside.

And yes, fearing God Almighty and doing our best to understand and follow His word.

I'm doing my best folks, and I am genuinely sorry for any pain or confusion this may cause anyone.

I know several kids who care about me deeply and because of the nasty and false/misleading things written by the KC Star and others here on social media, THEY are hurting.

I deeply regret that my actions may have caused confusion or sadness among a handful of some young folks.

But I would honestly suggest that here a lot more important uses of our time, both yours and mine. Please keep all the prayers coming for healing, for Teddy, for mental health reform, for criminal justice reform, for the right balance of God to be allowed in our public places and schools.

Because it's not there right now folks.

clap, clap, clap clap clap. ORIGINAL STORY A Kansas House member was arrested for possible misdemeanor battery in what authorities said Friday was an incident involving a student while he was substitute teaching at a public school in his hometown. Republican Rep. Mark Samsel was booked Thursday into the local county jail and released on a $1,000 bond.

His arrest came after a student reported an incident Wednesday at school in his hometown of Wellsville, a town of about 1,700 people some 55 miles (89 kilometers) southwest of Kansas City. Samsel, 36, has yet to be formally charged with a crime but has a first appearance scheduled in district court for May 19 in Franklin County, said County Attorney Brandon Jones.

Kansas law says battery is either causing bodily harm to another person or physical contact with someone else “done in a rude, insulting or angry manner,” and is punished by up to six months in jail. Franklin County Sheriff Jeffrey Richards declined to discuss the details of the incident behind Samsel's arrest.

One shows a noisy class, with Samsel grabbing a boy, pushing him against a wall and telling him, “I could put the wrath of God on you right now,” before the boy breaks free and runs away, yelling. The parent, Jessica Roberts, a mother of four, said her son showed her the videos in a social media group chat and she posted on social media about Samsel, asking whether others were concerned about his behavior. Roberts said in an interview that Samsel was in a position of authority and, “at no point is it appropriate to be off-the-wall with children. ”The Kansas City Star reported that it had seen videos recorded by students that showed Samsel talking about suicide, sex, masturbation, God and the Bible. Roberts also shared a Snapchat post from Samsel saying the incident was “all planned," saying he wanted to “SEND A MESSAGE about art, mental health, teenage suicide, how we treat our educators and one another. ”“To who?

The kids were in on it. ”Richards said he didn't know about the Snapchat post and added, “There was nothing staged about our investigation — I can tell you that. ”Samsel also has been a referee for the association that oversees middle and high school sports in Kansas.

He was first elected to the House in 2018 and reelected last year. Wellsville school Superintendent Ryan Bradbury said without naming Samsel that the substitute teacher involved in the Wednesday incident is no longer working for the district. The top three leaders of the Kansas House’s Republican majority said they were “gathering as much information as we can. ”Samsel is the third Kansas lawmaker to face legal problems this year. Fellow Republicans ousted Sen. Gene Suellentrop of Wichita as Senate majority leader earlier this month after he was charged with drunken driving and a felony charge of attempting to elude law enforcement for driving the wrong way on a highway in Topeka. And Democratic state Rep. Aaron Coleman, of Kansas City, was warned by a House committee in writing about abusive behavior toward girls and young women before his election last year.

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