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In the month that marked Sandy Hook's first anniversary and brought news of a shooting at Colorado's Arapahoe High School, stories about guns on campus aren't reserved for national headlines alone.

Last week, four local students were arrested for bringing guns to school in three separate incidents.

"He notified the bus driver that one of the little boys pointed the gun at him," Zandra Taylor said of her son's Dec. 13 school bus ride home from Booker T. Washington High School. "Instead of the bus driver pulling the bus over or trying to figure out what was going on, the only thing she asked was 'Who has a gun on my bus?'"

Lorenzo Taylor, 13, said two seventh grade boys passed around a gun on the bus, even pointing the firearm at him as they rode home.

"My son's supposed to be safe if he's riding a school bus home," Taylor said.

When Taylor reported the incident Monday to school officials, she felt like her concerns weren't addressed. The next day,Taylor says the same students harassed her son during a lunch break. They reportedly pulled his headphones from his ears and purposefully broke his cell phone.

Five days after the original incident, she finally had some answers.

"Two middle school students at Booker T Washington have been suspended, pending a hearing," Victor Maineiro, Caddo Parish Schools Communications Director said. "That hearing is an expulsion hearing and also they were arrested for possession of a firearm on school campus."

Mainiero says there were issues tracking down the students and the bus surveillance video. It's unclear where they got the gun and if it was ever inside the school.

Taylor's experience is an example of a frightening trend more common than a parent would hope.

Tuesday , Dec. 17- the same day as the Caddo arrests- a North DeSoto High School student was arrested on three counts of attempted armed robbery and one count of possession of a firearm on a school campus. Investigators say the 15-year-old used at least part of a gun to rob several elementary students of their lunch money on a school bus Dec. 9.

Friday, Dec. 20, Police arrested Christopher Huff, 18, for possessing a firearm on Huntington High School property.

KTBS 3 News obtained records from Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto and Webster parishes on the number of weapons confiscated from their buildings last school year.

Caddo Parish reported picking up eight federally-prohibited weapons in the 2012-2013 school year. Booker T. Washington and Huntington high schools reported two a piece. Caddo Parish Middle Magnet, Fair Park College Prep, Southwood High School and Youree Dr. Middle reported one each.

In Bossier Parish, authorities say they picked up three BB, pellet or air guns. Two came from Airline High School; one was recovered at Benton Middle School.

DeSoto Parish Schools authorities reported one federally-prohibited weapon at the now-defunct Pelican All Saints High School in the 2012-2013 school year.

Webster Parish did not find any federally-prohibited weapons for the same time period.

While the numbers have ramped up in recent weeks, ArkLaTex school systems have long worked to keep firearms, other weapons, drugs and alcohol off campus.

Bossier School Security Director Danny Dison says walking each student through a metal detector is unrealistic. Instead, they rely on random checks with police dogs to sniff out drugs and an established, trusted network of school resource officers for confidential tips.

"Our campuses are open," Dison said. "They're not prisons. We don't search students everyday, but certainly we're cognizant of the fact that there are many dangers out there."

Zandra Taylor says she is relived to hear that the two students who had the gun on her son's bus were arrested, but she says she's not taking anymore chances.

Starting in the spring semester, her son Lorenzo will no longer take the bus to school.

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