- A 30-year-old mother was arrested after posing as her teen daughter at a Texas middle school.
- She says she did it to prove a point about how poor security is at the school.
- More weird news here.
Garcia says she attempted this bit of deception to prove a point about how easy it is for an unauthorized individual to infiltrate her 7th grade daughter’s school.
She would have probably gotten away with it too, but Garcia made several social media posts throughout the day which gave her away, including a video posted to YouTube titled “Going to school as my 13yr old daughter (Middle School edition).”
“Do I look like a seventh grader? No? Cool. Awesome,” Garcia says in the video.
She says she was asked for her ID (she used her daughter’s) and whether she had signed in before being granted entry to the school, but no one questioned how old she was until the end of the day when a teacher finally became suspicious and asked her to stay after class.
“She looked at me and she (said), ‘You’re not Julie,'” said Garcia.
“No, I’m not,” Garcia replied. “I took off my mask, I took off my glasses, and I said, ‘No, I’m not Julie. I’m Julie’s mom.’”
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were then notified by the San Elizario Independent School District about Garcia trespassing and posing as a student.
Garcia also posted a video to TikTok about her experience at Garcia-Enriquez Middle School.
“We need better security at our schools,” says Garcia. “This is what I tried to prove. 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. 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.”
“There have been one too many mass shootings in schools,” Garcia continued. “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 has been charged with criminal trespass and tampering with government records. She recorded and posted video of the officers arresting her at her home.
“While there was a breach in security by an individual associated as a parent with the school,” San Elizario Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Mesa-Chavez said in a statement to KTSM News, “We want to assure you that our security measures are being reviewed and evaluated.”