A Kansas lawmaker who was arrested for allegedly battery of a high school student while substitute teaching said the encounter was planned

KANSAS – According to the statement, State Rep. Samsel was booked for misdemeanor battery involving a student.

Students began recording his behavior on Wednesday while he was working as a substitute teacher in Wellsville.

In the recordings of the incident, he is heard talking to Wellsville High School students about suicide, religion, sex and masturbation.

After being released on a bond, Samsel is alleging the interaction was all planned.

He said:

“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. To who? Parents. And grandparents. And all of Wellsville.”