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State lawmaker accused of kicking boy: Stress caused 'mania'


August 4, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislator accused of kicking a high school student in the testicles has surrendered his state substitute teacher's license and said Wednesday that "extreme" stress caused him to have "an isolated episode of mania with psychotic features" in a classroom.

Republican state Rep. Mark Samsel disclosed in a Facebook post that he has seen mental health professionals over the past three months. He also wrote that he is studying ways to handle stress so that "there is no likelihood" an episode will occur again. He surrendered his teaching license Tuesday.

He faces t...

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