Texan mother arrested for posing as 13-year-old daughter and taking classes to prove lax security

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A Texas mom who filmed herself posing as her 13-year-old daughter to sneak into her high school and attend a day of classes claims she did the stunt to prove security was poor.

Casey Garcia, 30, was arrested Friday for criminally trespassing, tampering with government records and an unrelated traffic violation, according to El Paso County prison records, after a video of her sneaking into her daughter’s high school went viral.

The video shows Garcia walking into the building, which was later identified as Garcia-Enriquez Middle School.

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Casey Garcia, 30,

In a follow-up video, Garcia explained that she was posing as her daughter as a social experiment to prove lax school safety

Casey Garcia pictured LEFT: as a ’13-year-old’ high school student and RIGHT: as herself, a 30-year-old mother

Garcia (right) posed as her 13-year-old daughter Julie (left) and claims nobody noticed until the last period

Garcia (right) posed as her 13-year-old daughter Julie (left) and claims nobody noticed until the last period

“Do I look like a seventh-grader?” she asks before stepping inside. ‘No? Cool, great.’

Garcia then appears to say hello to what she believes was the principal of the building, and walks around the school without the teachers noticing. One can even hear her giving instructions to find a classroom.

In the second period, Garcia shows the camera a math assignment and you hear the teacher call her by her daughter’s name ‘Julie’.

She can then be seen at the physical education class.

Garcia, 30, is pictured in her mugshot after she was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing

Garcia, 30, is pictured in her mugshot after she was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing

At lunchtime she takes off her mask to eat.

“I’ve stood here all day, face to face with teachers,” she said incredulously.

It wasn’t until the latter part of the day, she said, that a teacher noticed that Garcia was not who she said she was and confronted her.

In a follow-up video, the mother explains why she did it.

“We need better security in our schools, this is what I was trying to prove, and I don’t want to be curt, but I feel like I’ve proven it,” she said.

It was a social experiment that Garcia said when she described wearing a fake tan and coloring her hair darker to look more like her daughter’s, and she said she remembered her daughter’s ID number to access her. the building.

“I think the deal breaker for me was actually walking in and pretending to be a seventh-grader.” she said. “I mean, I’m not a spring chicken, but it wasn’t hard and I passed all seven periods.”

Garcia says he is particularly surprised by the lack of attention of the teachers for the students.

Garcia filmed her walking around the building all day and told her disbelief that no one noticed she wasn’t who she said she was

Garcia even took off her mask to eat at lunch.  It wasn't until the last class of the day that a teacher noticed she wasn't her daughter and confronted her

Garcia even took off her mask to eat at lunch. It wasn’t until the last class of the day that a teacher noticed she wasn’t her daughter and confronted her

Garcia says she was surprised by the teachers' lack of attention to the students

Garcia says she was surprised by the teachers’ lack of attention to the students

School officials confirmed that the incident took place at Garcia-Enriquez Middle School.  San Elizario Schools Superintendent Jeannie Meza-Chavez admitted there had been a security breach

School officials confirmed that the incident took place at Garcia-Enriquez Middle School. San Elizario Schools Superintendent Jeannie Meza-Chavez admitted there had been a security breach

“The teachers were so preoccupied with the students who were online that they didn’t pay attention to the students who were physically there,” Garcia said.

Many, she said, were simply concerned that she had her phone off.

“It was, ‘Hey, put your phone down’. I was not a name, I was not a person,” she said. “I said ‘hey, put your phone down’.”

In response to both her first video and its follow-up, which racked up over 126,000 and over 105,000 views on YouTube respectively, many seemed to agree with the mother.

“I remember being in high school and seeing people who graduated last year walking around the halls for no reason at all,” Flor Pardo wrote. ‘Our schools do need more security.’

“I’m sad they didn’t notice because they didn’t really hang out with you,” Aaron Sexton commented.

And after she was released from prison on $7,808 bail, Garcia replied, telling the network,

And after she was released from prison on $7,808 bail, Garcia replied, telling the network, “I spent the day in police custody, but my question remains: Are our kids safe in our schools, Jeannie Meza-Chavez? ‘

‘You can tell by your voice and mannerisms that you’re not a kid, they just don’t care! Something needs to be fixed,” wrote Danay White. “Thank you for doing this!”

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said school officials first became aware of the incident on June 1.

San Elizario Schools Superintendent Jeannie Meza-Chavez acknowledged what happened.

“While there was a security breach by a person associated with the school as a parent, we want to assure you that our security measures are being reviewed and evaluated,” she said. KTSM.

And after she was released from prison on $7,808 bail, Garcia replied, telling the network, “I spent the day in police custody, but my question remains: Are our kids safe in our schools, Jeannie Meza-Chavez? ‘

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