San Marcos First responders, city staff, and educators gathered to honor the 26 victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.
With each sound of the bell every child and adult lost to violence last Friday in Newton Connecticut is remembered.
Among the crowd at San Marcos City Hall were teachers, many with broken hearts. For Carla Roberts, this past week has been filled with pain, a deep grief she says she shares with teachers everywhere.
"As educators we want all our kids to be safe and I just can't imagine the horrific tragedy in Connecticut happening to our school or the kids that we do love so much," Roberts said.
It's why despite a day of mourning city leaders, emergency responders and district staff have begun discussing changes to emergency plans.
"The ones that are in place now are different from school to school, this standardizes them all to the exact same plan across all the different campuses and districts," said San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens.
It's a scenario no one here wants to imagine happening. The mere thought of it, says Fire Chief Les Stephens, father to two young children, is too tough to bear.
"It definitely affects you, you drop them off at school every morning and there is an inherent believe that they are going to be safe and well cared for," said Stephens.
Last Friday's massacre that took the lives of 20 first graders and 6 educators also has this elementary school librarian answering tough questions.
"I had several students asking me in the library what I thought of what happened, where they would go in the library if it happened in there," said Priscilla Delgado.
Her focus she says reassuring her kids they are safe. It's no easy task when the extent of what happened in Newtown can be felt across the country.