A Texas mom is facing criminal charges after she dressed up like her middle school daughter and attended school as part of a “social experiment.”
Casey Garcia, 30, darkened her hair and put on her 13-year-old daughter Julie’s clothes, glasses, makeup, and a mask, according to her YouTube documentation, and went to Garcia-Enriquez Middle School in San Elizario, Texas last week pretending to be her. Garcia made it almost the entire day, she said, before someone finally noticed she wasn’t Julie.
After a teacher caught Garcia, the school notified the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Garcia was later arrested and charged with one count each of criminal trespass and tampering with government record, according to multiple reports. She was also charged with an unrelated traffic warrant.
In a YouTube video uploaded on June 2 called “Going to school as my 13yr old daughter (Middle School edition),” Garcia documented her entire day as a fake middle school student.
“Do I look like a seventh grader? No? Cool, awesome,” Garcia said to the camera, before saying good morning to multiple people walking by in the hallway.
The video then shows Garcia sitting at a desk in her daughter’s classes, saying hi to friends in the hallway, and even eating lunch. According to USA Today, jail records show Garcia is 4’11” and weighs 105 pounds.
“Well, I finally got caught,” Garcia said to the camera toward the end of the video. “I told them I would go to the principal’s office, so I guess we’re going to see what happens.”
According to CNN, the school district’s superintendent, Jeannie Meza-Chavez, put out a statement to parents confirming there had been a “breach in security.”
“I want to reassure you that our security measures are being reviewed and evaluated,” the statement continued.
In a follow-up video posted June 3, Garcia said she was able to easily sign in and enter the school with Julie’s school ID number. She added that she didn’t pose as her daughter “to get likes,” but rather to prove how unsafe schools are. Garcia said the teachers hardly paid attention to the students who were physically in class and were more concerned with virtual learners. She also said teachers only paid attention to her when she had her phone out.
Garcia said it wasn’t until her daughter’s last class that a teacher finally noticed she wasn’t Julie. When the teacher asked her why she was posing as her daughter, Garcia said it was “for a social experiment.”
“I wanted to see if I could make it the entire day without anybody noticing,” Garcia continued. “I did this to prove a point.”
She continued: “We need better security at our schools. This is what I tried to prove. And I don’t mean to be curt, but I kind of feel like I proved it.”
Garcia also spoke about the alarming number of mass shootings at U.S. schools in recent years and expressed concern “as a parent.” She also suggested installing metal detectors and “better security.”
“Private school, public school, it doesn’t matter. We all have a problem,” she said. “The people that do understand, thank you. I mean, you understand where I’m coming from.”