Casey Garcia, 30, of San Elizario, has since been arrested and charged with felony trespass and tampering with authorities data, KWTX reported. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office was first alerted on June 1 to a number of social media posts circulating on-line documenting the incident.
The incident occurred at Garcia-Enriquez Middle School in San Elizario, positioned 20 miles southeast of El Paso, KTSM confirmed.
She was later taken into custody at her house. In one video posted to YouTube titled, “Going to school as my 13yr old daughter (Middle School edition),” Garcia is seen sporting a yellow hoodie, glasses and a black face masks coming into the school.
“Do I look like a 7th grader? No? Cool, awesome!” she says.
Garcia mentioned she put on pretend tanner and dyed her hair to higher resemble her teen daughter, “Julie.” When she walked into the school, she wrote down her daughter’s ID quantity that she had memorized. She might be heard saying good morning to who she says was the principal.
Garcia mentioned she spoke to one other college member after which attended all of her daughter’s lessons. Though some college students finally acknowledge her, she thanks them on the finish of the video for conserving her secret.
Garcia is seen consuming within the school cafeteria throughout lunch along with her masks partially off. She additionally later reveals a math project to the digital camera, as somebody addresses her by her daughter’s identify.
“We need better security at our schools. This is what I tried to prove,” Garcia mentioned in a 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.”
“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 mentioned. “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.”
Garcia mentioned she made it via all seven intervals, till the final instructor requested her to keep after class and confronted her.
“I was ‘hey, put your phone away.’ I was not a name, I was not a person, I was ‘hey put your phone away’,” Garcia mentioned. “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 continued within the video following her arrest. “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 initially booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on both charges and for an unrelated traffic warrant, KWTX reported. Her bonds totaled $7,908. She also documented her interactions with deputies when they first arrived to her home.
“While there was a breach in safety by a person related as a mum or dad with the school,” San Elizario Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Mesa-Chavez said in a statement to KTSM, “We need to guarantee you that our safety measures are being reviewed and evaluated.”