A shocking arsenal of weapons has been seized from school pupils across the region.
Knives, firearms, an electric shock lighter and an iron bar were confiscated from youngsters many still in primary school by teachers in the last two years.
In one incident a pupil arrived in class in Fife last year carrying a hacksaw, according to figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives under freedom of information.
There were 14 incidents in Angus in 2012-13 which included seven P6 pupils with stones, sticks, wood, scissors, a litter picket, a metal pole and an iron bar.
The number dropped to just two in the county last year although the P5 pupils involved in the incident were carrying knives.
Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Mary Scanlon said: “This is a shocking list of weapons, ranging from the very dangerous to the ridiculous.
“Parents will be extremely concerned to read some of the examples set out here, not least those weapons that can cause serious and even fatal injury.
“Teachers should not have to work in this kind of environment, and many of these incidents will have been disruptive not just to individual pupils, but entire classrooms.
“We need to make sure those capable of getting their hands on such dangerous items are taken out the classroom for the safety and welfare of other children who just want to learn.”
The number of incidents involving a weapon increased slightly across Scotland last year, up to 181 from 174 in 2012-13.
There were five incidents in Dundee in 2012-13 involving a metal scraper, a BB gun and three improvised weapons.
Five incidents were also reported last year with a metal pole, a large tree branch, an electric shock lighter, a knife and a craft knife confiscated.
Fife saw the largest increase in incidents up from just four in 2012-13 to 12 last year.
Last year’s arsenal of weapons included a BB gun, a hacksaw, a kitchen knife and three pencil sharpener blades.
Fifteen of Scotland’s 32 local authorities did not disclose its figures including Perth and Kinross Council.
In October it was revealed that rising numbers of Angus teachers were being attacked by primary and secondary school pupils.
The number of assaults in Angus shot up from 80 in 2011-12 to 102 in the 12-month period up to April this year, while Dundee’s figures dropped from 216 three years ago to 177 this year.
Perth and Kinross did not have information available for 2013-14 but the number of assaults fell from 219 to 203 in the two previous years.
In Fife, the numbers increased from 263 incidents in 2012 to peak at 420 over the following 12 months before dipping to 251 so far this year.