Story at a glance

  • A Texas mother was arrested after posing as her 13-year-old daughter and attending middle school.
  • The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Casey Garcia, 30, of San Elizario, after the school district accused her of trespassing and posing as a student.
  • Garcia said she was exposing the lack of security of schools.

A Texas mother has been arrested after posing as her 13-year-old daughter and attending her classes in middle school for a day.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Casey Garcia, 30, of San Elizario, after the school district accused her of trespassing and posing as a student on June 1.

Deputies with the sheriff's office had been made aware of the incident after Garcia uploaded videos of the incident on social media. 

One video was titled, "Going to school as my 13yr old daughter (Middle School edition)."

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Garcia attended her daughter's classes and even ate in the cafeteria with other students.

"We need better security at our schools. This is what I tried to prove," Garcia said in another 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."

"There have been one too many mass shootings in schools," she said after 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?"

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Garcia was charged with criminal trespass and tampering with government records and booked on both charges, as well as an unrelated traffic charge. Her bond was a total of $7,908.

"While there was a breach in security by an individual associated as a parent with the school," said San Elizario Independent School District Superintendent Jeannie Mesa-Chavez, "we want to assure you that our security measures are being reviewed and evaluated."

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Published on Jun 07, 2021