Monday, February 6, 2023
Home Business Leads Kansas lawmaker charged with kicking student in groin pleads guilty to disorderly...

Kansas lawmaker charged with kicking student in groin pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

A Kansas lawmaker who was accused of kicking a high school student in the groin and threatening to “unleash the wrath of God” pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conduct, court records show.

State Rep. Mark Samsel was sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered by a judge not to use his personal social media accounts, a district court order in Franklin County shows.

Kansas state Rep. Mark Samsel, R-Wellsville, talks on his cellphone ahead of the House’s daily session, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., on May 3, 2021.John Hanna / AP file

Samsel, a Republican, was also told to write letters of apology over the incident, which occurred April 28 at Wellsville High School, about 40 miles southwest of Kansas City, and was partly captured on audio and video recordings published by the Kansas City Star.

According to an affidavit from a Wellsville police detective, Samsel, who was also a substitute teacher, spoke to a class about “the wrath of God and how rap music is wrong and kids should listen to other types of music.”

“Mark then began talking about how a Black boy he knows tried to commit suicide,” the affidavit says.

When Samsel started yelling and discussing the subject repeatedly, an unidentified student put in his earbuds, according to the affidavit.

The move led to a confrontation, with Samsel pushing the student into a wall, threatening to “unleash the wrath of God on you right now” and kicking the student in the testicles, the affidavit says.

Samsel was charged with three misdemeanor counts of battery and pleaded not guilty. He told local media at the time the incident was “planned,” and that he and the students aimed to send a message to parents and the city of Wellsville “about art, mental health, teenage suicide, how we treat our educators.”

Last month, Samsel surrendered his substitute teaching license and said “extreme” stress prompted an “isolated episode of mania with psychotic features” in the classroom.

Appearing in court via Zoom Monday, Samsel apologized, saying he never “intended for anyone to get hurt,” according to NBC affiliate KSNT.

Most Popular

Domperidone ‘crippled me’: Canadians reflect on withdrawal symptoms after use

After giving birth to her son on April 18, 2021, 38-year-old Jennifer Ferger in Victoria, B.C., had difficulty producing breast milk. “We were concerned about...

Advocates come together to help sailors stuck for months on tugboats in Quebec port

Groups that advocate for seafarers are expressing concern for 11 sailors who are spending a harsh Quebec winter aboard three tugboats that have been...

Man seriously injured after Stoney Creek break and enter

Hamilton police are investigating an attempted break and enter at a car wash in the city’s east end Sunday morning. Officers were called out to...

Canada’s Michael Buble wins Grammy for best traditional pop vocal album

By David Friend The Canadian Press Posted February 5, 2023 4:47 pm Descrease article font size Increase article font size