Reports from consumer advocacy groups have revealed toxic chemicals in common school supplies.

As children fill their school backpacks with new crayons, markers and notebooks, Senator Chuck Schumer is urging federal officials to take immediate steps to protect kids from potentially harmful chemicals in their classroom supplies.

Schumer told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that reports from consumer advocacy groups have revealed toxic chemicals in common school supplies including crayons, markers, rulers, 3-ring binders, notebooks, glue and lunch boxes.

He called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate the products mentioned in non-profit consumer group reports, alert the public, and recall items if necessary.