When you hear the words "weapons in schools" you usually think of guns and knives.
But there is actually a lot more surprising items that are considered weapons.
David Myers top priorities are his two daughters, Lauren and Molly.
Especially their safety when they're in the care of someone else.
"Before Newtown I wouldn't have though that much about it you know, but now things are much different," said Myers.
And Central Texas schools agree which is why they're stepping up security.
"We have things like protected doors, id's are required, the buzzers entry systems, things like that," said Midway ISD spokeswoman Traci Marlin.
Which helps keeping the bad guys out, but what about when it's the kids bringing in the weapons.
"Most of what we've confiscated is I guess what a normal person would classify as a weapon," Waco ISD Chief of Police Ken Boatman.
Over the past five years Central Texas school districts have had about 75 weapons brought to school by students.
The majority were knives, or a prohibited weapon other than a large knife or gun.
And those can get your child in just as much trouble.
"Bb guns, toy guns, pocket knives," said Boatman.
"Chinese stars, throwing stars, nunchucks, the martial art gadgets, said Temple ISD Assistant Superintendent Scott Moger.
But in case someone does sneak a weapon into school with a motive, these districts are prepared.
"We go around the four phases of emergency management, we look at prevention, we look at preparedness, we look at response, and we look at recovery," said Moger.
"Our staff gets extensive training and our campuses have several emergency drills they conduct on a monthly basis," said KISD Director of School Safety John Dye.
And they make sure the students are also on board.
"Like we hide in the closet in the classrooms so that if you were looking in the door you wouldn't suspect no one was in there," said Midway student Emily Gerstenkorn.
As part of school security many safety precautions aren't shared with the public, that's not because they don't want parents to know, but they don't want to share that type of information with someone who might want to challenge school security.
Which makes this dad know that even when he's not around his little girls are still looked out for.
"It's important for us to teach our children about violence and about the importance of working out things with other people, as far as speaking to people correctly and how to deal with threats in a nonviolent manner," said Myers.
And doing just that could help protect innocent little faces just like these.
Parents can also do their part to help.
Make sure you talk to your children about the seriousness of bringing a weapon to school, even if it's a toy.
And if they know or hear of someone having a weapon at school, to tell an adult.
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