A first of it's kind class--for the trainers of those who will be school marshals in Texas--is underway in San Marcos.
The motivation to write the legislation to create the program came in part out of the sorrow in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
"That, coupled with the fact that I am the father of DID (Dallas Independent School District) school children of that age--it just was something that became very personal to me, very important" State Representative Jason Villalba told 550 KTSA News.
The goal of the program is to create a new class of law enforcement officer, who can specialize in active shooter and other emergency situations. With the training of the trainers underway, Villalba said school districts around the state are watching very closely.
"I think now that we're doing that, I think you're going to see a number of schools initiate interest in this" Villalba said.