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WICHITA, Kan. – A Kansas school sent a letter home to parents after administrators used pepper spray to subdue a crowd of students.

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In the letter sent home to parents, obtained by KWCH, the principal of Southeast High School said that they were forced to use the tactic when the students refused to comply with instructions. The letter went on to explain that it was being sent “to inform you that we had to use pepper spray to disperse an unruly crowd of students. When situations get where we cannot get students to comply and the learning environment is deemed unsafe, we may have to resort to these measures.”

Susan Arensman, a spokesperson for Wichita Public Schools told KSNW that the incident happened during lunch. She said that while the pepper spray was used to disperse a crowd, “no students were directly sprayed.”

A school security officer deployed the pepper spray in the cafeteria, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Arensman told KSNW that a school resource officer and staff handled the situation and that no students were arrested. The school also said that there will be increased adult supervision in the cafeteria.