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

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

State Representative Mark Samsel was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered by a judge not to use his personal social media accounts, according to a Franklin County District Court order.

Kansas State Representative Mark Samsel, R-Wellsville, speaks on his cell phone prior to the daily House session, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. On May 3, 2021.John Hanna / AP folder

Samsel, a Republican, was also ordered to write letters of apology for the incident, which happened on April 28 at Wellsville High School, about 40 miles southwest of Kansas City, and was partly captured on audio and video recordings released 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 the fact that rap music is bad and children should listen to it. ‘other types of music’.

“Mark then started talking about how a black boy he knows tried to kill himself,” the affidavit reads.

When Samsel began to yell and discuss the topic several times, an unidentified student put on his headphones, according to the affidavit.

This decision led to a confrontation, with Samsel pushing the student against a wall, threatening to “unleash God’s wrath on you right now” and kick him in the testicles, the affidavit states.

Samsel was charged with three counts of assault and battery and pleaded not guilty. He told local media as the incident was “planned” and that he and the students aimed to send a message to parents and the city of Wellsville “on art, mental health, teen suicide , the way we treat our educators “.

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

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