Representative Mark Samsel

Representative Mark Samsel

FRANKLIN COUNTY, KS. (KCTV) --- A 36-year-old substitute teacher in the Wellsville School District has been arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says Mark Samsel was booked into jail around 3:42 p.m. on Thursday.

He has been released on bond.

Samsel is also a Kansas House Representative. He has served in the Kansas House of Representatives since 2019. 

He has not been formally charged at this time. 

The Wellsville School District sent a letter out to families on the matter. 

The letter in its entirety: 

Good Evening,

Wellsville USD 289 is aware of the situation that occurred involving a substitute teacher on April 28, 2021. The appropriate authorities were notified. The situation is being thoroughly investigated. Student safety has and always will be our first priority. 

At this time, we are prevented from commenting further on this situation. This is not due to a lack of transparency but due to privacy laws that prevent us from doing so. 

If you have specific questions regarding your student, please contact our high school office.

While we cannot always divulge all the details, please know the safety of our students is a top priority.  

If you have additional questions, I would be happy to speak with you can can be reached at 785-883-2388.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCTV5 News for more. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News. 

>> Click/tap here to download our free mobile app. <<

Copyright 2021 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.