• Former jail officer arrested following school confrontation with student

    By: Tom Regan

    Updated:

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. - A former Hall County jail officer was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Tuesday for causing a disruption at a Gainesville middle school where her daughter attends classes.

    School officials say Candy Wigner entered the front office of the school on Oct. 16 and stated that she planned to have lunch with her daughter.

    "Shortly after she entered the cafeteria, she went to a table and basically was asking for a certain student by name. When that student was identified she began to confront her about her behavior related to her daughter. The other student was shocked and surprised being confronted by an adult she didn't recognize," said Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins.

    The Hall County Sheriff's Department said the former deputy confronted the student about making derogatory comments about her daughter and made statements that seemed to be of a threatening nature.

    Following the incident, school officials ask Wigner to leave the campus.

    "It's never appropriate for them to confront a child that is not theirs in a school setting and it will not be tolerated in our school system," Higgins said.

    The Hall County Sheriff's Department said Wigner was allowed to resign prior to termination.

    Channel 2's Tom Regan attempted to contact Wigner at her home but there was no answer at the listed phone number.


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