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Former jailer arrested after incident in school lunchroom

Authorities say woman threatened a student while having lunch with daughter

POSTED: October 30, 2013 11:53 a.m.
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Candy Shannon Wigner

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A former Hall County jailer was arrested Tuesday after confronting a student who she said she believed made derogatory comments about her daughter.

The arrest of Candy Shannon Wigner, 36, follows an Oct. 16 incident at Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development. Wigner initially checked into the middle school to have lunch with her daughter.

According to authorities, she then confronted a student in the cafeteria.

Lt. Stephen Wilbanks, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, said Wigner made comments deemed “threatening,” saying she would go to her vehicle and bring her handcuffs back for the student.

“She had confronted the student about some remarks that (the student) had allegedly made about her own daughter, some of which was on social media,” Wilbanks said.

Witnesses notified school officials, including the school resource officer, who brought it to the attention of the sheriff’s office.

Gordon Higgins, spokesman for Hall County Schools, said the school acted “very quickly” to remove Wigner from the cafeteria.

“Principal David Robles informed Ms. Wigner of restrictions regarding her access to (the) Chestatee Academy campus, and also any events involving Chestatee Academy students,” Higgins added.

Wigner resigned from her position Oct. 17. She had been with the sheriff’s office since 2007.

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation obtained an arrest warrant Tuesday. Wigner turned herself in later that day.

She was booked into the Hall County Jail on one misdemeanor count of disrupting a public school. She is now free on $5,000 bond.

Higgins said if any parents have a concern, they should bring it to the attention of the school.

“Any parent can at any point contact the school (to say) there’s a situation going on,” he said. “In this case, (Wigner) did not do that. She merely went to confront (a student), which will never be tolerated in the Hall County school district. We will never allow this sort of behavior.”



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