In one of the more bizarre stories of 2021, a 30-year-old mother has been arrested after posing as her 13-year- old daughter at a Texas middle school. Casey Garcia says she was trying to demonstrate the poor security and how easy it is for unauthorised individuals to infiltrate the school. The lengths people go to prove a point, right? She probably could’ve gotten away with it too, except she made one small error; posting her field trip all over social media #whoops. One of the posts included a YouTube video titled “Going to school as my 13-year-old daughter (Middle School Edition)”
“Do I look like a seventh grader? No? Cool Awesome,” Garcia says in the video. Upon entering the school, she was let in using her daughters ID. It wasn’t until the end of the day when a teacher finally grew suspicious and asked her to stay behind after class.
“She looked at me and she (said), ‘You’re not Julie,’. “No, I’m not,” Garcia replied. “I took off my mask, I took off my glasses, and I said, ‘No, I’m not Julie. I’m Julie’s mom.’”
According to the El Paso County Sherriff’s Office, deputies were then notified about Garcia trespassing and posing as a student. Garcia also posted on Tik Tok, where she further ranted about the security problems at Garcia-Enriquez Middle School.
“We need better security at our schools. This is what I tried to prove. I didn’t do this to get views. I didn’t do this to get likes. I didn’t do this so people could be mad at me and I can never walk around El Paso again,” she said. “The teachers were so preoccupied about the students who were online that they weren’t paying attention to the students who were there physically. I think the deal-breaker for me was actually walking in and posing as a seventh-grader. I mean, I’m no spring chicken, but it wasn’t hard.”
“There have been one too many mass shootings in schools,” Garcia continued. “That is disgusting to think of that it all could have been prevented just by putting metal detectors and more security… Are you more concerned that I, a parent, was sitting next to your child or do we really want to wait for the next person taking their Second Amendment right to the extreme?”
Garcia was charged with criminal trespass and tampering with a government record. She posted a video of officers arresting her at her home. Talking to KTSM News, San Elizario Independent School District Superintendent Dr Jeannie Mesa-Chavez said in a statement, “We want to assure you that our security measures are being reviewed and evaluated.”