The mother of a 13-year-old Texas middle school student videoed herself posing as her daughter for a day at school as a “social experiment” and was arrested for pulling the stunt.
Casey Garcia, 30, of San Elizario videoed herself sneaking into Garcia-Enriquez Middle School while pretending to be a student to highlight what she perceives as a lack of security. She wanted to focus on the issue in regards to mass shootings and gun control. She wore a hoodie, glasses, and a face mask while posing as her daughter. It was noted by Law&Crime that she is 4’11” and weighs 105 pounds, according to online jail records.
The video has since gone viral.
“Do I look like a seventh-grader?” she asked in the video. “No? Cool. Awesome.” She would later add in a follow-up video, “I bet you anything someone else can do this. This is why I did this.”
Garcia allegedly put on fake tanner and dyed her hair to match her teen daughter, “Julie.” When she entered the school, she wrote down her daughter’s ID number that she had memorized. As she walked into the school, she said hello to the principal. “Oh my goodness, I am going to get so caught,” she commented. “I am actually really scared now.”
(Video Credit: Casey Garcia)
During the segment, Garcia got directions and proceeded to go to class and take a seat. She later stated she went to gym class where the coach asked who she was. The masked mother said she was her daughter and stated that he believed her.
Later, she would eat lunch without her mask.
Eventually, she did get caught and was sent to the principal’s office. But a number of students who recognized her kept the stunt a secret and she thanked them for it. Garcia alleges she was only caught after seven periods when a teacher finally confronted her after class. She told her she did it as a “social experiment.”
“We need better security at our schools. This is what I tried to prove,” Garcia stated in her follow-up video. “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.”
(Video Credit: Casey Garcia)
“The teachers were so preoccupied about the students who were online that they weren’t paying attention to the students who were there physically,” Garcia said. “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.”
“I was ‘hey, put your phone away.’ I was not a name, I was not a person, I was ‘hey put your phone away,’” she complained. “It was for a social experiment. I wanted to see if I could make it the entire day without anybody noticing. I’d say up until seventh period is a very long day for a 30-year-old.”
“There have been one too many mass shootings in schools,” she declared. “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?”
A third video showed the police coming to Garcia’s home to arrest her. She did not resist. The officers claimed they were there on an outstanding traffic warrant.
Garcia was booked into the El Paso County Jail Friday and charged with one count of criminal trespass, tampering with government records, and a 2017 traffic issue. Her bonds total $7,908, KFOX-TV reported.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office was first notified on June 1 that there were several social media posts circulating online documenting the incident.
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