A mother has been arrested by police in Texas after pretending to be her 13-year-old daughter and attending classes throughout the day. Casey Garcia, 30, decided that it would be a good idea to perform a “social experiment” by sneaking into her daughter’s school and trying to make it through the entire day to make some point about lax security.
Having apparently made the point until the last period of class, Garcia was then arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing and tampering with government records, reports KFOX.
Garcia dyed her hair, applied make-up and dressed up as a teen for the ill-conceived experiment at Garcia-Enriquez Middle School, which is a part of the San Elizario Independent School District in El Paso.
Like any millennial who would thoughtlessly incriminate themselves in a potentially serious crime for online notoriety and fame, the mother then uploaded the footage to YouTube.
In the video, she can be seen wearing a yellow hoody, a black disposable face mask, jeans and high-top sneakers. Before entering the school she says: “Do I look like a seventh grader? No? Cool, awesome.”
Garcia also explained that nobody noticed that she wasn’t her daughter until the seventh period, right before the school day’s end, despite coming into contact with a principal, several members of faculty and security guards.
“I’ve been here all day, face-to-face with teachers,” she said during lunch. She claims that the only trouble she got into was for using her mobile phone. Garcia said that her intention wasn’t so much to gain online clout, but to show that lax security at schools could endanger students.
“This is about our children and the safety of our children,” she said. “That’s all I’m trying to do is prevent another mass shooting.”
Following her arrest for the stunt and an unrelated bench warrant for a traffic violation, Garcia was released on a $7,808 bond.
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