(KCEN) -- One Texas school district is now putting armed guards on its school grounds.
Navarro ISD in Geronimo has about 1,600 students attending schools that are all on one piece of property.
Off-duty deputies will patrol every campus, including the elementary school.
That's because the district says the Newtown tragedy was a game-changer.
Flags still fly at half-staff at its elementary school building, a painful reminder of a tragedy thousands of miles away that hit so close to home.
Navarro ISD Superintendent Dee Carter said, "If some sick, sad or crazy person did decide to approach the kids on one of our campuses, that if they see that law enforcement vehicle they are very likely to change their minds."
The San Antonio-area district has never had security officers before, even at the high school.
So far the move has received praise from parents.