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Teacher accused of stealing art supplies from Walmart

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CLAYTON — A Clayton High School art teacher was arrested for allegedly shoplifting art supplies from the Clayton Walmart.

Clayton police arrested Joanna Louisa Frantz, 59, on June 22 and charged her with misdemeanor larceny for allegedly walking out of the Clayton Walmart with $224.16 worth of unpaid craft supplies.

Town of Clayton spokeswoman Stacy Beard said police responded to a call from Walmart’s loss prevention staff who reported a woman placing items in her shopping cart concealed by a raincoat.

Loss prevention workers stopped Frantz on her way out. Beard said Frantz cooperated with Walmart staff and the police.

According to the Clayton High School website, Frantz has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a major in communications graphic design and is a certified fine arts teacher. She’s been on staff at the school since August 2013.

Johnston County school board Chairman Mike Wooten declined to comment but said the matter is under investigation.

School system spokeswoman Crystal Roberts said Frantz’s employment status hasn’t changed.

“As a 10-month employee, Ms. Frantz is not scheduled to work this summer,” said Roberts. “ While her employment status has not changed at this time, the school system takes seriously any and all charges brought on employees and reviews those matters carefully.”

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