Casey Garcia is a Texas mom who said that she was posing as her 7th-grade daughter at her school to reveal security threats on YouTube videos. The act led to her arrest, El Paso County Jail records show.
Garcia posted three videos on YouTube, including a video to document her experience posing as her 13-year-old daughter, explaining why she did it and a video documenting her arrest. While Garcia did not name the school in her videos, the El Paso Times reported the 30-year-old mom posed as her daughter at the San Elizario Independent School District. Officials in the school notified the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office that Garcia posed as her daughter at school Tuesday, June 2, 2021, the newspaper reported.
She is 30 years old.
Casey Garcia Arrested
Garcia documented her experience at the school, beginning with a 6-minute video showing her transformation from 30-year-old mom to middle school student, explaining why she posed as her daughter, and a video showing her arrest. Her YouTube video, “Going to school as my 13-year-old daughter,” had about 283,000 views four days after it was posted.
“The fact that the teachers didn’t notice scares me, this would’ve never happened when I was in school,” one person wrote in the comments. “All the teachers knew each of their students. This woman went a whole day without being noticed by adults, if the children could spot her and the differences between her and her daughter, then the adults should’ve been able to as well!”
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Garcia opened her video, filming herself in her daughter’s outfit, which included a Spider-Man hoodie, skinny jeans, and a mask. She also said she used self-tanning lotion and dyed her hair to impersonate her daughter better. She entered the school and said “hi” to staff members as she walked inside, her voice shaking. She later said she was lost in the school building.
Garcia described her experience posing as her 13-year-old daughter and said that she was allowed inside after asking for her ID number and after a staff member asked whether she had signed in. She claimed the staff members were more concerned about her using her phone than about who she was.
“I was, ‘Hey, put your phone away.’ I was not a name. I was not a person. I was, ‘Hey, put your phone away,’” she said.
Garcia continued, saying that she was the only student in one of the classes attending in person.
“The teachers were so preoccupied with the students that were online that they weren’t paying attention to the students that were there physically,” she said.
Garcia’s El Paso County Jail records show she is a tiny woman – 4-feet 11-inches tall and weighing 105 pounds. Her size may have made it easier for her to pass as a teenager, especially when wearing a mask, which she said on her YouTube video she was wearing for most of the day.
Garcia was charged with tampering with government records and criminal trespass, her jail record shows. Her total bond for the two charges was set at $7,500. A surety bond was posted on her behalf, and she was released. She was booked into the jail Friday, June 4, 2021, and released later that day.