A mum has been arrested after impersonating her teenage daughter at middle school.
Casey Garcia, from El Paso, Texas, recently entered Garcia-Enriquez Middle School as an ‘undercover’ student to expose how the security is not up to standards.
To pass as her 13-year-old daughter, Garcia dyed her hair and wore an outfit similar to what her child would wear.
She then shared the clip onto YouTube and TikTok, in which viewers can see her passing through halls, mixing with faculty, and even attending lectures.
In the footage, the 30-year-old says: “Do I look like a seventh-grader? ‘No?’ Cool, awesome.”
It wasn’t until the mum’s final class that a teacher realised that she wasn’t who she was claiming to be.
As a result, Garcia was arrested for criminal trespassing, interfering with government records, and an unrelated traffic offense.
She was then released on a $7,808 bond.
Later on, the mum released a video explaining why she decided to trespass on school grounds and impersonate a teenager.
She said: “I didn’t do this ruffle any feathers, I didn’t do this to out the school, because I was never going to say what school district or school it was, they put that out there themselves.
“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.
“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 and I made it to all seven periods.”
The mum also alleged that the school’s staff seemed to be more concerned about her carrying a phone the whole time, rather than the fact she managed to get away with impersonating a student.
“It was, ‘hey, put your phone away.’ I was not a name, I was not a person, I was ‘hey put your phone away’,” she recalled.
Since the incident has been confirmed by the El Paso County Sheriff’s office, a school representative has stated that security is being ‘reviewed and evaluated’.
San Elizario Schools Superintendent Jeannie Meza-Chavez told KTSM: “While there was a breach in security by an individual associated as a parent with the school… We want to assure you that our security measures are being reviewed and evaluated.”
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